For Immediate Release: September 29, 2016

State Leaders Meet to Strengthen Fire Service

North Carolina Fire Service and Government Leaders Meet to Discuss Volunteerism

State Leaders Meet to Strengthen Fire Service

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin met with fire service leaders from across North Carolina as part of the Volunteerism Steering Committee at Elon University in Burlington, NC on Sept. 29, 2016.

In the recent State Legislative session through NC House Bill 287, Commissioner Goodwin requested and subsequently received authorization and endorsement to research and develop a report focused on firefighter volunteerism. North Carolina has experienced dynamic shifts that have negatively impacted and are continuing to impact volunteerism in the fire and rescue service throughout the country.

“The declining number of volunteer firefighters in North Carolina and across the country is extremely concerning but I know this group will be up to the task,” said Goodwin. “We accomplished a lot of good work today and we will continue to explore viable alternatives and potential opportunities to strengthen fire service across North Carolina.”

Fire Service and Government leaders from across North Carolina gathered to help address growing concerns about the volunteer firefighter shortage. State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin met with representatives from the NC State Firefighters Association, NC Association of Fire Chiefs, NC Association of Rescue and EMS, NC League of Municipalities, NC Association of County Commissioners, National Volunteer Fire Council, NC School of Government, NC Community Colleges and the National Fire Protection Association.