10/21/08 129 W - + 15 - 12 North Carolina Fire Firefighters Association


Here's another interesting item from October 1940. The first state convention of a group named the North Carolina Fire Fighters Association was held in High Point on October 29, 1940. The NCFFA was an affiliate of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The elected officers were President K. J. Smith (Raleigh); Vice Presidents C. M. Goss (Durham), W. C. Martin (High Point), C. H. Boone (Charlotte), and Secretary-Treasurer W. E. Cherry (Washington). One of their immediate initatives, reported the October 31 edition of the News & Observer, was seeking a statewide civil service system and a reduction of the firefighter work week to 72 hours. The time on duty in Raleigh, they noted, was 84 hours. Did they succeed? And what became of the organization itself? To be determined.



On July 24, 1945, a two-day meeting of the North Carolina Division of the International Association of Fire Fighters opened in Durham. The fire departments of Durham, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem were represented by some 45 members. J. B. Keeter, of Raleigh, was the President. Source: N&O, July 24, 1945. Wonder how long the group stayed active, and if they were formally renamed from the NCFFA to the NCD/IAFF.
Legeros - 05/09/09 - 11:11



  
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