South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo Aug. 8-11
“Make a Difference.”
If you asked 1,000 different people what that phrase meant to them you would most likely get 1,000 different answers. What does it mean to you?
To us at the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association it means a variety of things. Our more than 53,000 firefighters across the state make a difference every day of their lives. Whether they are racing to the scene of a fully involved structure fire, getting occupants out of a house fire, rescuing the family pet, or responding to a wreck, the firefighters in North Carolina Make a Difference each and every day of their lives. For 125 years the NCSFA has done its best to Make a Difference to them, just like they do for the citizens in their community.
One way we do this is by hosting the NCSFA’s Annual Meeting and the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh, N.C. at the Raleigh Convention Center. We bring together some of the fire services biggest names and hottest topics so that we can offer our firefighters the most up-to-date training opportunities around. We host the largest fire/rescue expo on the east coast, displaying the latest and greatest in gear and apparatus. This is also a time for you to network with those that have been in the business for years and meet the new up and comers. We have so much to offer during this conference that it would truly be impossible to not walk away with a head full of knowledge and a renewed love for this great profession.
This year at the NCSFA’s 125th Annual Meeting and South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo, we will be celebrating our 125th year in style. We have special speakers, Chief Scott Burnette and Firefighter Jay Bettencourt from the Asheville Fire Department to discuss the July 28, 2011 Four Alarm Fire that claimed the life of Fire Captain Jeff Bowen of Rescue Company 3. We will have a special presentation by some of our state’s most respected fire service professionals on Friday, Aug. 10 during the general session. We will also have a fire truck parade, a hazmat challenge, displays and demos of some beautiful antique equipment and apparatus, and some very special giveaways and door prizes. The NCSFA is very lucky to have with us again this year the N.C. Brotherhood Pipe and Drums. If you attended in 2011, you saw and heard them perform all over town and at the conference. It truly is a spectacular performance — one you won’t want to miss.
We hope you will join us this year at our 125th celebration. We will be back at the Raleigh Convention Center, Aug. 8-11, 2012. You Make a Difference each day in our lives and we would like the chance to return the favor.
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