Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association

ECFA Mission Statement: To support each member by providing education, information and representation for the fire service of Eastern North Carolina.

About Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association

We support our mission by promoting informed and progressive leadership through professionalism, dedication and integrity. We shall also foster a professional and personal relationship among our membership, and each strive to assist the return of our personnel safely to their families.

ECFA Expands Scholarship Opportunities

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  The scholarship committee has been working to add greater financial value to the ECFA scholarships that have been offered in the past as well as increase the dollar amount awarded annually.

After meeting in Ahoskie in January 2015, the committee proposed modifications to the scholarships and the application process.  The ECFA board accepted the recommendations of the committee and we are excited to announce the following changes are now effective for the current application cycle:

  • Increased the dollar amount of the Richard Leach and Ernie Bryant General Scholarships to $1,500 each.  Previously these were for $1,000 each.
  • Increased the number of General Scholarships to four (4), up from two (2).
  • Simplified the application and extended the application period by approximately 45 days.  Scholarship applications must now be postmarked by May 1.
Visit our Scholarship page for the application as well as contact information.  



NC Fire Prevention School Dates Announced

Tuesday, January 6, 2015  The Fifty-Sixth Annual North Carolina Fire Prevention School will be held March 23 – March 27, 2015 at the National Guard Training Center at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach (south of Wilmington).

The Fire Prevention School is sponsored by the NC Association of Fire Chiefs, NC Fire Marshals’ Associations, and Cape Fear Community College. The school registration will begin on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. and the school will conclude at noon Friday, March 27, 2015.

The deadline for registration is March 6, 2015 and the school is limited to 160 students.

Click here for more information. 



Partnership With NCSFA Eliminates ECFA Dues

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  The boards of the three regional firefighter associations (Eastern, Piedmont and Western) have been working closely with the NC State Firemen’s Association in ways to provide more value and service to our members.

Beginning in January, fire departments will no longer have to pay dues to their respective regional associations for membership.  Under a joint agreement, when a fire department submits their annual roster and pays dues to the NCSFA the state association will in turn transfer one dollar for every member to the appropriate regional association.  This is being accomplished at no additional cost to departments.  This initiative will boost each region’s membership and provide increased funding for each region and while it is a relatively small savings, it will eliminate the need for a department to write a dues check to their association.

As always, the ECFA is excited to serve our members!  Join us at our January meeting in Hertford County to find out what's happening in the fire service that affects us all. 




ECFA Honors Glenn Jernigan as Life Member

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  During the quarterly meeting of the Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association held at Carolina Beach Fire Department on October 2, 2014, the ECFA Board of Directors honored retired Fire Chief Glenn Jernigan with a Life Member award.

Jernigan, who served as chief of Faison Fire Rescue from 1970 until 2006, has been a fixture in North Carolina’s fire service since 1959 and is a past president of both the ECFA and the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association.  He is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and in 2011 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Volunteer Fire Council.

Joining Chief Jernigan for his award was his wife Evelyn.  Presenting the award on behalf of the Association is First Vice President Donnie Hall. 



Another Successful ECFA Fall College Is In The Books

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  The ECFA and staff at Cape Fear Community College proved once again that hard work pays off as they delivered another successful fire college.  Over 400 students filled the classes over the weekend with many classes starting earlier in the week.

Students enjoyed the brotherhood and opportunity to visit with the many vendors while taking home valuable knowledge to better serve their communities.

The ECFA strives to improve the weekend college experience and will be expanding its class opportunities for the 2015 college in October as the focus of the college is strengthening NC's fire and emergency service community.



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