The 2019 PFFPNC convention got off to a great start on Monday with numerous speakers, legislative updates and more. Speakers included Gov. Roy Cooper who addressed the convention on Veteran’s Day saying, “I know you have a dangerous job not only because you can get hurt but because you can get sick because of the work you do. Municipalities should have your back.”
We also heard from U.S Sen. Candidate Cal Cunningham, House Rep. David Lewis and state Sen. Jim Perry.
“It seems pretty simple; we have an issue, a problem – let’s fix it. We’ll continue to work hard to find a solution and get a solution across the finish line,” Sen. Perry said.
Sen. Perry is working on getting LODD and presumptive cancer bills updated, improved and most importantly passed.
Delegates also got an update on the legislative agenda with PFFPNC Political Director Josh Smith and New Frame’s Brian Lewis. The four big areas of legislative on our agenda are LODD benefits, separation allowance, presumptive cancer/PTSD and motorcycle license plates. We are making process getting more cancers added to LODD benefits and will continue to fight for the rights of fire fighters.
The morning also included nominations of officers and the election by acclamation of many positions. The PFFPNC election board is: President Scott Mullins, Sec./Tres. Josh Smith, DVP1 Jeff Tracey, DVP2 David Pollard, DVP3 Keith Wilder and DVP4 Ben Bobzien.
There will be an election Wednesday for three trustees positions. Nominees are Joey Welborn, Jerry Wiggins, Vinnie Messina and Ryan Merrill.
A few resolutions also were passed including the endorsement of Harold Schaitberger for IAFF president, Ed Kelly for Gen. Sec./Tres. and Walt Dix for DVP at next year’s IAFF convention.
Monday evening includes a PAC fundraising event at The Davie.
Convention will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Speakers include Schaitberger and Kelly.