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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for March 1-5 is now posted and includes the latest news on PFFPNC's work on cancer legislation, including a wrap-up of an important meeting on the bill this past Tuesday in Raleigh.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 22-26

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 22-26 is now posted and includes a preview of an upcoming meeting with General Assembly leadership on firefighter cancer legislation.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 15-19

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 15-19 is now posted and includes an update on an important meeting PFFPNC President Scott Mullins had with Senator Chuck Edwards this week on PFFPNC's cancer legislation with the Senate and House.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 8-12

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 8-12 is now posted and includes the latest updates on PFFPNC's legislative meeting convened by House Majority Leader John Bell this week and attended by PFFPNC Political Director Josh Smith.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Feb. 1-5

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Feb. 1-5 is now posted and includes PFFPNC's week at the General Assembly to file a separation allowance bill for North Carolina professional firefighters.

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This week marks two years since the loss of our dear friend and Asheville Fire Fighters Association member Karen Shuart to occupational cancer. 

As the General Assembly begins its work in 2021, we are once again pushing hard on enacting presumptive cancer coverage for  firefighters with cancer who are fighting to live.  

Oddly, the state did recognize Karen's cancer as caused by her work as a firefighter, but that was because she died.  When she was alive, North Carolina required to her prove which fire or fires caused her cancer, something that was as cruel as it was impossible.    

We promise to continue our fight for you, Karen.
Firefighters in Asheville were involved in a serious accident over the weekend on I-26 while returning from a call. There was a large piece of furniture in the middle of the highway and the road conditions were icy.  We are relieved to report that all crew members were checked out at the hospital, released, and are home resting now.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 25-29

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 25-29 is now posted and includes coverage of a very week in Raleigh for PFFPNC leaders as they attended the IAFF 55th (Virtual) Convention while meeting with key legislators at the General Assembly on PFFPNC's 2021 legislative agenda.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 18-22

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 18-22 is now posted, which includes an IAFF fact sheet on the COVID-19 vaccine and reports on a coalition PFFPNC is working in that includes the NC State Firefighters Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Part of PFFPNC’s leadership (President Scott Mullins, Political Director Josh Smith, and DVP Ben Bobzien) has been in a series of joint meetings since late 2020 with the leadership of the NC State Firefighters Association and the NC Association of Fire Chiefs to discuss legislative priorities and strategies for the 2021 General Assembly.  

PFFPNC looks forward to a more coordinated effort in the coming session as we all work to advance the fire service and the profession of firefighting.
Happy MLK Day, PFFPNC.  

ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 11-15

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 11-15 is now posted and includes news from opening day at the General Assembly and news of the IAFF's Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month currently underway in January.

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The PFFPNC Executive Board meeting is underway at this hour in Charleston, SC.  The agenda includes mapping out the 2021 year.  

Topics include the upcoming General Assembly, membership, finances, organizing, IAFF news, contracts, politics, and more.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Jan. 4-8

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Jan. 4-8 is now posted and includes the tragic news that occupational cancer claimed another North Carolina firefighter's life this week. Even more tragic is this firefighter fought lymphoma with no presumptive cancer coverage. PFFPNC is still fighting to change this.

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We've had a lot of loss this week, including Raleigh Fire Department Lieutenant Greg Ellis who died this week in an off duty car accident.

Arrangements for our Brother Lt. Herman Gregory Ellis, 49, are below. Read his obituary at: 

https://www.leafuneralhome.com/.../LieutenantHerman-Ellis.j
Be on the lookout in the coming days for a Local 548 RPFFA fundraiser to benefit Greg's three children.
VISITATION
Friday, January 8, 2021
Lea Funeral Home Chapel
2500 Poole Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
*The family will be at the viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
FUNERAL
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Lea Funeral Home Chapel
Pre-funeral visitation 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service 10:00 a.m.
*Maximum attendance of 50 people at the chapel. 
INTERMENT
Following the service at:
Wake Forest Cemetery
400 North White St.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Dec. 28, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Dec. 28, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021, is now posted and includes news about the IAFF's work in Congress on behalf of firefighters in the latest omnibus spending bill. PFFPNC also reports on work at the local level to help county public health officials understand that firefighters are EMTs and should be prioritized in Tier 1A.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Dec. 21-25

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Dec. 21-25 includes the good news that firefighters started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week thanks to the advocacy work of PFFPNC. PFFPNC also wishes its members a Merry Christmas, a happy holidays, and a Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas from PFFPNC!  May your day be peaceful, safe, and merry...especially for those working the shift today.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Dec. 14-18

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Dec. 14-18 is now posted and includes a follow-up to last week's letter from PFFPNC President Scott Mullins to Secretary Mandy Cohen regarding firefighters needing to be prioritized for Tier 1 of the COVID-19 vaccine. PFFPNC and HHS worked out a protocol for firefighters to get the priority needed.

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PFFPNC spent the last 2 days working with the staff at the NC Department of Health & Human Services and worked out a path for firefighters to move into Tier 1A to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  

Firefighters, all of whom are EMTs, will be put in Tier 1A for the vaccine upon classification as an EMT by their employer for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination dispensing.  

PFFPNC President Scott Mullins encourages all Local leaders to meet with municipal Chiefs and to have firefighters at the local level classified as EMTs for COVID-19 vaccination purposes.  

PFFPNC appreciates the responsiveness of Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen.  Their attention to this matter will save lives and make communities safer.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Dec. 7-11

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Dec. 7-11 is now posted and includes reporting on PFFPNC's letter to NC HHS Secretary Mandy Cohen requesting firefighters are prioritized in Tier 1A for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Nov. 30-Dec. 4 is now posted and includes the announced leadership teams in the General Assembly for 2021-2022. PFFPNC also reports on a meeting with NC Health & Human Services Assistant Secretary Matt Gross on the updated COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Nov. 23-27

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Nov. 23-27 is now posted and includes in this Thanksgiving edition a congratulations to Treasurer Dale Folwell on his re-election and a farewell to House Chief of Staff Bart Goodson who is leaving his position on December 31.

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Happy Thanksgiving from PFFPNC — especially to the firefighters running calls today, which are plentiful at Thanksgiving.  (Yeah, we are looking at you with the turkey fryer on your back patio.)

We hope day is safe, family-and-friendly filled (even if it’s virtual), and full of gratitude.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Nov. 16-20

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Nov. 16-20 is now posted and provides information on PFFPNC's work to make firefighters a top priority for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in North Carolina.  Meanwhile a COVID-19 breakout at the Asheville Fire Department underscores the importance of North Carolina firefighters being a top priority.

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North Carolina firefighters proudly stand behind Ed Kelly for IAFF General President.  

He will fight for our profession and PFFPNC looks forward to his continued leadership.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Nov. 9-13

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Nov. 9-13 is now posted and reports that PFFPNC won 90 percent of its endorsed races for the General Assembly.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Nov. 2-6

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Nov. 2-6 is now posted and includes an election wrap-up about General Assembly races from Tuesday night.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Oct. 26-30

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Oct. 26-30 includes a rundown of the down-ballot races PFFPNC will be tracking on Tuesday night that will decide who governs public policy affecting firefighters for the next two years.

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The Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics of NC proudly endorses Frank Lima for IAFF Secretary-Treasurer.  

North Carolina firefighters look forward to the leadership Frank will bring to our profession.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Oct. 19-23

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Oct. 19-23 and includes a story about South Carolina's Republican governor hosting a bill signing ceremony with the IAFF for a bill providing presumptive cancer coverage for South Carolina firefighters.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Oct. 12-16 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Oct. 12-Oct. 16 is now posted and includes a WRAL video story featuring PFFPNC President Scott Mullins regarding the recent COVID-19 diagnosis of six Sandfor firefighters.

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Oct. 5-Oct. 9 is now posted and includes scenarios in which the North Carolina Senate could possibly flip control and includes a link to the NC Labor Commissioner debate.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Sept. 28-Oct. 2

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Sept. 28-Oct. 2 is now posted and includes news that South Carolina's Republican governor signed a Republican backed bill giving South Carolina firefighters presumptive cancer coverage. This leaves North Carolina as the only state that fails to provide living firefighters with any cancer presumptive coverage.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Sept. 21-25

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Sept. 21-25 is now posted and includes news from South Carolina on their passage of cancer legislation that leaves North Carolina, specifically the NC Senate, exposed.  In related news, PFFPNC also provides coverage of last Saturday's IAFF Wall of Honor ceremony that memorialized an Asheville firefighter who died of occupational cancer in 2019.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Sept. 14-18

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Sept. 14-18 is now posted and includes viewing information about Saturday's IAFF Wall of Honor Ceremony, which will honor fallen firefighter Karen Shuart, who died of occupational-related ovarian cancer in 2019.  The ceremony begins at 1PM (ET).

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Sept. 7-11

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Sept. 7-11 is now posted and includes the announced endorsement of Wayne Goodwin for NC Insurance Commissioner and a remembrance of September 11.

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Every year on September 11, we pause to remember our fallen brothers and never forget their sacrifice.

It is our solemn duty to honor our 343 FDNY brothers lost that day and our 207 IAFF brothers and sisters lost to 9/11-related illnesses. It is our responsibility to keep their memories alive.

Immediately following the attacks, the IAFF was on the ground to support our New York locals – the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94 and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) Local 854. At the same time, members from across the United States and Canada traveled to New York to provide support to members and their families.

Honoring each of the lives lost on September 11 and in the years since, and remembering their service and sacrifice, are profoundly important to not just those of us in the fire service but to the families of the fallen, as well.

So today, on this anniversary every year, we pause in memory of those who lost their lives in one of the most valiant rescue operations our nation has ever seen. We will Always Remember and Never Forget.
Happy Labor Day from all of us at PFFPNC!  

We especially want to thank the firefighters across this state working today so we can celebrate this great holiday.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Aug. 31-Sept. 4

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for  Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 is now posted and includes PFFPNC's endorsement announcement of Jessica Holmes for NC Labor Commissioner.  PFFPNC also shares the tragic news of a probationary firefighter in Greensboro who died at the age of 34 last week.

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North Carolina firefighters know Wayne Goodwin as a great friend to firefighters — from his service as a lawyer, state legislator, State Insurance Commissioner, and NC State Fire Marshal.  

What many don’t know is that his wife Melanie was just as dedicated to firefighters in her service as an attorney, state legislator, and as a staff member for the NC Industrial Commission, the commission that decides our occupational cancer claims.  (Melanie was even known to give us counsel in evening telephone calls on our legislation.)  

As many of you know, Melanie was in her own fight with cancer and that fight has now come to a close today — a close we all know all too well in our profession. Our hearts hurt for Wayne and their two children.  We are told she was surrounded by those who love her as she peacefully transitioned. 

From all the firefighters Melanie has fought for in public service, we extend our heartfelt gratitude, our love, and sympathies.
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Aug. 24-28 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Aug. 24-28 is now posted and includes PFFPNC's bipartisan slate of recommended candidates for the NC House in November.  PFFPNC also reports on a panel discussion featuring PFFPNC President Scott Mullins.

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From PFFPNC President Scott Mullins:

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected fire fighters’ efforts to Fill the Boot on streets and stores front in local communities across the country. 

With many traditional Fill the Boot drives on hiatus, MDA families are still counting on us this year! The IAFF & MDA’s Virtual Fill the Boot campaign has been designed to help us continue our support and help raise these critically needed funds. 

I am asking all PFFPNC affiliates to support this effort and participate.

It is set up to be easy and turn-key for every local and members to participate across all social media platforms to appeal to family, friends, and your community. You can also work with your departments to see if you can colloborate together. 

This way you may be able to share with all firefighters internally and with your local communities by utilzing the locals and departments external social media platforms to expand your
reach. 

If possible, you can work with your department PIO to help.
PFFPNC President Scott Mullins is a featured guest of NC Labor Commissioner candidate Jessica Holmes tonight.

Scott will be part of an esteemed panel of state and local policy makers and will discuss North Carolina firefighter issues, including the need for presumptive cancer legislation, due process rights, equitable pay, and the right to retire from a dangerous profession with health and dignity.

For more information, visit https://secure.ngpvan.com/CL_0QIfDSkeCxQvInte9Pg2?emci=cc9f5e00-26e6-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&emdi=d8492ea4-33e6-ea11-8b03-00155d0394bb&ceid=11755349
It's often said that when you call 911, the public doesn't care if the firefighter is a Republican or a Democrat.  Just bring a fire truck and put out the fire.  

The same goes for us when we call our state senators for help.  We don't care what political party they represent, just help firefighters.  

That's why we endorsed 16 Republicans and 15 Democrats in the North Carolina Senate in this November's election.  (We'd love to make it an even 16-16 or even 25-25 for that matter.)
The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Aug. 17-21 is now posted and includes PFFPNC's 2020 Senate recommendations to its members, a bipartisan slate of 16 Republican and 16 Democratic candidates. The e-newsletter also highlights the hurricane clean-up work for a paramedic in New Hanover County.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Aug. 10-14

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Aug. 10-14 is now posted, which includes an update on the NC Fire and Rescue Commission meeting this past Wednesday in Raleigh, a ruling on gubernatorial emergency powers, and PFFPNC is set to make big announcements starting next week.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, Aug. 3-7

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for Aug. 3-7 is now posted and includes news about Isaias, the announced retirement of Rep. David Lewis from the General Assembly, and a news clipping regarding the Statesville Professional Fire Fighter Association's fight for equitable treatment by its City Council.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, July 27-31

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for July 27-31 is now posted. As Isaias heads to North Carolina, PFFPNC reminds firefighters that the Professional Fire Fighters of North Carolina Charitable Fund is ready to get to work for its members affected by the storm and it's ready to take your donations. PFFPNC Political Director Josh Smith gives analysis of the race for US President among North Carolina voters.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, July 20-24

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for July 20-24 is now posted and includes celebratory news from the IAFF on presumptive COVID-19 legislation it successfully got through Congress this past week. Also, PFFPNC Political Director Josh Smith gives analysis of the US Senate race in North Carolina as the organization considers what political direction it will go this fall.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Breifing, July 13-17 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for July 13-17 is now posted, which includes the tragic news of another firefighter killed by cancer. PFFPNC begins the evaluation of polling as the organization considers key endorsements in the November elections.

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ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, July 6-10

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for July 6-10 is now posted and includes the latest news from the General Assembly and their failed attempts to fully reopen the economy as Governor Cooper shudders businesses in the hopes of keeping North Carolinians safe. PFFPNC also gets some tough questions on its legislative agenda, which prompts political questions going into the 2020 elections.

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“...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...”

Happy Independence Day, PFFPNC.
ICYMI: PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 29-July 3

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 29-July 3 is now posted and includes news still coming from the General Assembly around reopen legislation, Governor Cooper's vetoes of that legislation, and how firefighters see both sides of the issue.

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Many firework-related injuries are preventable. Fireworks injure more than 10,000 people each year. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
ICYMI: PFFPNC Legislative Briefing, June 22-26 

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The PFFPNC e-newsletter for June 22-26 is now posted and includes a wrap up of the 2020 short session, which is once again a disappointing one for PFFPNC. Also, in the newsletter, PFFPNC President Scott Mullins answers the question, "What do firefighters do about the Senate?"

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