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.  



Hoppin 5K To Benefit Fire Captain's Son

Tuesday, February 24, 2015  The Hoppin 5K race and fun run is scheduled for April 3, and will benefit the Gray family.  Mac Gray is a long time member of the Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department and serves as Captain.  The race will be held in Manteo, NC. 

Eight year old Ivy Gray was born 16 weeks early, weighing a tiny 1 lb 8 oz. Mac and Megan Gray, like any parent, had dreams of a healthy baby boy. Those dreams were shattered on April 20, 2006, when Megan went into pre-term labor. Ivy spent 138 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. Megan and Mac watched him fight for his life through a plastic incubator wall, praying for his survival, although the odds were not in his favor.

Ivy beat the odds, and has done so everyday since. He currently battles Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, feeding difficulties, and severe developmental delays. Ivy has been through 25 surgeries, two in just the last 6 months. His most recent surgeries include one to place a third VP shunt in his brain, and another to release major tendons and muscles in both legs. In the coming year, Ivy will likely receive a prosthetic eye, as he has lost all sight in one eye.

He currently sees a number of therapists, and continues to stay very involved in the medical world. Each year, and even each day, can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. But every minute of the ride is worth it for Mac and Megan, when they see him smile. Ivy truly is a happy, energetic, kind hearted eight year old boy, who can light up a room with his sense of humor and laughter. Ivy has yet to fully win his war with life and has much still ahead, but he wins the battle each and every day.

If you would like to participate or help, simply follow this link for more information.  



Fire Officer Symposium in New Hanover County

Tuesday, February 10, 2015  New Hanover County Fire Rescue is pleased to offer the 2015 NHCFR Fire Officer Symposium with nationally renowned instructors.  The symposium offers fire officers, both current and future, a fresh perspective on topics that are relevant in today's fire service.

The first session, focusing on leadership, is Leadership Tenants for the Individual, for Large Organizations, and during Crisis.  This class will be held March 11 and 12 and will be led by Colonel Royal Mortenson.

The second session, focuses on tactics, is Bringing Fire Dynamics Research to the Fireground - SLICE-RS, and will be held May 7 and 8.  This class is led by Hanover (VA) Fire EMS Division Chief Eddie Buchanan.

All classes will be at the north campus of Cape Fear Community College in Castle Hayne. For more information and to register, click here.  



Chief Rick Lasky Returns To NC

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  The Halifax County Firefighters' Association and Halifax Community College are bringing Chief Rick Lasky back to Eastern North Carolina as he presents his nationally renowned History and Leadership in Emergency Services series on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Chief Lasky packed the house last year and this year's event promises to do the same with his hard hitting, honest discussion of the fire service.  From Chief to Rookie, this seminar has something for everyone in the fire service.

Pre-registration is requested.  For more information, click here.



Fire Rescue Commission Announces Chief 101 Instructor Qualification Class

Tuesday, February 3, 2015  The NC Fire and Rescue Commission is offering three opportunities for candidates to be able to teach Chief 101.  The instructor qualification course lasts four hours and has a limited seating capacity as only 20 students from each region will be accepted into the qualification class.  The Eastern offering will be in Wilson on Monday, March 23 from 9 - 1 p.m.

Fore more information, click here.



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. 




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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