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.

Annual ECFA Fire College Becomes Public Safety College

Monday, July 27, 2015  The annual fire college sponsored by the ECFA at the Castle Hayne campus of Cape Fear Community College in October has received a major overhaul with a new lineup of classes designed to appeal to a broader segment of emergency responders.

The 2015 school is now known as the Eastern Carolina Public Safety College and offers educational opportunities for Fire, Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement and even building inspectors.  Classes kick off Wednesday, September 30 and run through Sunday, October 4 and include Inspector con ed, PIO, ACLS refresher, Courtroom Testimony, Chief 101, Hale Pump Technician, Fire and Life Safety Educator and many other interesting classes.

With the new changes in place, classes are expected to fill fast so register today!  We hope to see you in Wilmington.  For the registration form, click here.  To view the brochure, click here or visit the Cape Fear CC Con Ed webpage



ECFA Chief and Officer of the Year Nominations

Thursday, July 23, 2015  The ECFA recently established an Eastern Carolina Firefighters Association Chief and Officer of the Year award.  These awards are designed to honor both career and volunteer personnel.  A total of four awards will be presented annually.  These awards acknowledge the importance of recognizing chiefs and officers of the fire service in Eastern North Carolina.

This program was conceived to recognize truly outstanding fire chiefs and officers whose actions and leadership in their profession, home, community and country, serve as an example and challenge for all other chief fire executives and officers throughout the southeast.

In addition to receiving a regional award, recipients’ application packets will be forwarded to the NC Association of Fire Chiefs for consideration of their similar annual award that is presented during the Mid-Winter conference.  The application period is August 1 through November 30.

For more information, and to download the application packet, click here



In Honor Of The Charleston 9 Seminar

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  Nash Community College is pleased to bring Dr. David Griffin back to Eastern NC with his powerful seminar In Honor Of The Charleston 9: A Study Of Change Following Tragedy.

Join Dr. Griffin as he tells the story of losing nine of his friends in 2007 during the devastating Sofa Super Store fire.  One of the deadliest incidents for the fire service since the attacks on September 11th.  He will then give hard facts and lessons learned as the department and the entire fire service faced change in the wake of the tragedy.

This is a one day seminar that will be offered on two days to accommodate as many career and volunteer emergency responders as possible.  This hard hitting seminar is great for seasoned veterans and new personnel also.

The dates are Friday, August  21 and Saturday, August 22.  Both days begin at 8 a.m. Click here for more information and to view the flyer.



2015 ECFA Scholarships Announced

Wednesday, July 15, 2015  At the quarterly ECFA meeting in Jacksonville, the Board presented scholarships to six recipients.  The scholarships are a major objective of the ECFA Board as we continue to invest in education and training opportunities to give more value to members of the ECFA.  All of the ECFA scholarships were recently increased to $1,500.

The Richard Leach General Scholarships were awarded to Kaitlyne N. Lewis, affiliated with with Hickory Grove VFD, and Lathan F. Smith affiliated with Morehead City FD.

The Ernie Bryant General Scholarships were awarded to Chasity L. Holloman, affiliated with Walstonburg Rural VFD and Joshua A. White, affiliated with Center-Hill Crossroads VFD.

The Aubrey Rivenbark Emergency Services Curriculum Scholarships were awarded to Shaun R. Hayes with Jacksonville FR and James A. Miller with Wilson FR.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!

Also during the meeting, two departments were awarded Elwood Inscoe Fire Department Assistance Grants which were created to help smaller departments with little or no resources for outside training to be able to attend the annual South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo.  The Number 9 Township VFD and the Harlowe VFD, both in Craven County, were this year’s winners.  Both received $750 to help offset the cost of travel, lodging and registration.

Past winners have expressed how helpful it was to be able to attend the expo and take information back to their department membership.

Together, these scholarships and awards represent $10,500 given back to our association members.

For more information on our winners and the scholarships, please visit our "Scholarships and Grants" page.  The link is on the left of our web page. 



New ECFA Board Members Elected

Monday, July 13, 2015  At the July meeting of the ECFA, members elected the new slate of officers for the next fiscal year and two new faces were appointed as directors.  The executive board is elected by the general membership every year and serves a one year term.  Directors are appointed by the board and serve a three year term.

For 2015 – 2016, your Executive Board is:  Donnie Hall, President; Dewand Taylor, 1st Vice President; Scott Rogers, 2nd Vice President; Glenn Rainey, Secretary and Chris Smith, Treasurer.  Barry Overman is Past President.  Two new directors were appointed to the board as well.  Mark Rogerson is from Edgecombe County and Ronnie Hayes is from Brunswick County.  Tracy Mosley, Past President, was elected to serve as Chaplain.

Scott Rogers was also elected to become the Eastern Director of the NC State Firemen’s Association.




Technical Rescuer Instructor Qualification Update

Thursday, July 2, 2015 

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has important information regarding requalification for Technical Rescuer instructor.  The following has been posted to the OSFM website:
1)      The Technical Rescuer 2013 edition updates review, in the form of a PowerPoint.
2)      The Online Technical Rescuer Requalification Courses.

Online Requalification Courses are available for the following Technical Rescuer Chapters: Confined Space, Trench, Structural Collapse, Water Rescue and Wilderness.

The online requalification courses must be taken before the instructor can teach the NFPA 1006 Technical Rescuer, 2013 edition.  The 2013 edition will be effective January 1, 2016.

The remaining Technical Rescuer Chapters will be delivered in the field face to face October 1 – December 31, 2015: General and Ropes and Vehicle Rescue.

Machinery Chapter 19 will be in the field face to face April 1 – June 30, 2016.
Please review the Technical Rescuer NFPA 1006 2013 edition Update Overview.  It outlines the changes taking place within the Technical Rescuer program.  The web address for the OSFM PowerPoint and update information is available by clicking here



5th Annual Rapid Intervention School

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 

The ECFA will once again proudly sponsor the 5th annual Rapid Intervention School held September 14 – 18, 2015 at the North campus of Cape Fear Community College in Castle Hayne.  This course is designed to expose the firefighter to a highly trained skill set of classes that include Mayday, Safety & Survival and working together as a Rapid Intervention Crew member.  Past students have given the class very high marks and it has a reputation as a great training experience.  This is a physically demanding class with extensive hands on evolutions that focus on self-rescue and saving our own.

This class will also satisfy two required subjects in the new Firefighter certification process for those seeking to become certified under the new state guidelines.  Mayday and Safety and Survival credit will be issued for students that would like to be tested after this class.

This class fills fast, so reserve your spot today!  For more information, call 910-362-7180 or click here to view the flyer with registration info. 



Exciting Changes Coming To Annual Seminar

Friday, May 1, 2015  The ECFA seminar committee is excited to announce changes to the annual Fall Fire Rescue Seminar held in October at Cape Fear Community College.  This year, several new classes are being added that cover a wide array of Public Safety classes, including Law Enforcement, EMS, Emergency Management, Building and Fire Inspector con ed and lots more!

As we finalize class opportunities, we will begin announcing the newly revamped Eastern Carolina Public Safety College.  But for now, save the date:  Wednesday, September 30 through Sunday, October 4.

Stay tuned!



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