Association Objectives Promote the ideas of organized Rescue and Emergency Medical Service throughout the State of North Carolina, and, Promote and assist in the establishment and training of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services organizations; and, Promote safe and innovative advances in Rescue and patient care techniques so as to better serve the citizens of North Carolina; and, Stay abreast of, and inform its membership of legislation and regulation changes affecting Rescue and Emergency Medical Services units and personnel on the state and national level; and, Association Objectives (continued) Promote and encourage high ethical standards among Rescue and Emergency Medical Services personnel; and, Encourage and promote a harmonious spirit of kinship among Rescue and Emergency Medical Services personnel and others devoted to the cause of saving life and aiding the sick and injured; and, Promote the general welfare of the members and squads of the Association; and, Communicate with organizations, governmental agencies and commissions whose objectives are accident prevention, safety education, rescue and/or patient care related; and, to cooperate with these bodies to the extent that their efforts benefit the Association’s membership; and, Bring together in a common Association all organizations. Current Membership • As of October 25, 2010 – Member Organizations - 588 – Total Membership – 23,647 – Brotherhood Members – 227 Organizations – Total Brotherhood Membership – 6595 How Are We Governed 10 Areas Across the State Each Area elects 2 Directors and each Director appoints an alternate. Each Area has an Area Secretary Each Area may conduct Area Meetings as needed. Meetings are held at various organizations A Commander and Vice Commander is elected each odd number year at the annual meeting How a Department Becomes A Recognized for a Standard Department Makes Application Complete online application Send complete roster (including mailing address, DOB, & SS#) to Association Office Verification will be made of member certifications, corporate/municipal documents, and application documents. How a Department Becomes A Recognized for a Standard Department ensures the necessary equipment is in place Requests an inspection Upon successful completion of inspection certification is granted. Recognition as by our standards is part of the eligibility criteria for the Rescue Relief Fund Equipment Grant. History of the Standards Several questions and complaints about departments calling themselves “rescue” providers However, not having personnel, training or equipment to provide services Association established 30 member committee to study these issues The Original Committee Committee was composed of 40 personnel Fire-rescue instructors Chiefs/Captains Training officers Other fire-rescue personnel Charge to the Committee To look at minimum standards for rescue squads Using the ERT program as a training consensus. That switched to the RT program and was changed to the Technical Rescuer program on October 1, 2009. Match appropriate equipment accordingly Standards Adopted Final committee meeting in December 1998 led to the standards going to the Board of Directors The Board of Directors met in January 1999 and approved the standards and charged the Membership Committee with their upkeep and maintenance. Today the Training and Standards Committee has been charged with maintaining our standards which were again revised June 1, 2010. Standards Available for Recognition Medical responder Minimum equipment and defibrillator Ambulance rescue provider Permitted ambulance Rescue provider Light, Medium, and Heavy Specialized Provider (Trench, Confined Space, etc.) Number of Agencies Certified by Standard Agriculture: 11 Rescue Provider: 27 Air operations: 9 Structural collapse: 11 Ambulance: 388 Trench: 18 Confined space: 22 Water (Stillwater): 47 Heavy vehicle: 13 Water (swift): 33 Heavy Rescue: 99 Water (ocean): 8 High angle: 54 Water (Ice): 2 Light Rescue: 69 Water (Dive): 24 Medium Rescue: 82 Land search: 18 Medical Responder: 153 As of 10/25/2010 Benefits Eligible Rescue and EMS Workers Death Benefits (In-Line-Of-Duty) Federal - $318,111.64 + COLA Rescue Relief Fund $100,000.00 (Administered by the NCAR&EMS) North Carolina State $50,000.00 Benefits Eligible Rescue and EMS Workers Disability Income (Relief Fund) 10% of weekly salary when injured in-line-of-duty. Must notify NCAR&EMS within 30 days of injury. Must be non- ambulatory Application must be made. Administered by the NCAR&EMS. Health Insurance Major Medical Health Insurance & Universal Life Insurance Coastal Benefits Group 800-567-8914 State of N.C. Comprehensive Major Medical Plan 800- 422-4658 or statehealthplan.state.nc.us Dignity Memorial Public Servant Program Offers dignified and honorable tribute, at no cost, for Fire, Rescue, EMS, and Law Enforcement Officers who die in the Line of Duty. Providers located across NC Personal Planning services also available Benefits Eligible Rescue and EMS Workers Children of Member Scholarships - $820,000 per year 10 - $8,000.00 scholarships awarded – (2 years, transfer to 4 year school) 35 - $12,000.00 scholarships awarded – (4 years) 35 - $ 2,000.00 scholarships awarded – (2 years) Scholarships for Children of in-line-of-duty death Children may choose two (2) or four (4) year school. Two (2) year scholarship shall be $2,000.00. Four (4) year scholarship shall be $12,000.00. Applicants must apply by March 31 in the year they graduate from high school. Parents must be an eligible Rescue or EMS worker. On-Line Applications are available on our website from January 1 to March 31 each year. Benefits Eligible Rescue and EMS Workers Pension fund $170.00 per month after 20 years of service at age 55. The Fire & Rescue Pension Fund is administered by the N.C. State Treasurer's Office, in Raleigh, N.C. Members must Pay $10/Month or until $2400.00 is paid. Benefits Eligible Rescue and EMS Workers AFLAC Insurance Program Insurance Policies Pays cash when you get hurt or miss work. Complete Information on our website. Local Government Federal Credit Union (Visa Debit Card Program) Eligible Rescue and EMS worker members can get accounts at LGFCU. Request a NCAREMS Visa debit card and 50% of the merchant fee will be given to the NCAREMS. NCAREMS Visa Debit Cards can be requested by anyone with a LGFCU account. Benefits Eligible Rescue and EMS Workers In-The-Line-Of-Duty Death Children of Member Scholarships Children may choose a 2 year or 4 year school. $ 2,000.00 scholarship (2 year school) $12,000.00 scholarship (4 year school) Association Member Benefits Members pay yearly dues. Member Scholarships - $210,000 per year 35 - $4,000.00 scholarships awarded 35 - $ 2,000.00 scholarships awarded Applicants must be a NCAR&EMS members. On-Line Applications are available on our website from January 1 to March 31 each year. Association Member Benefits Members pay yearly dues. Scholarships – for spouse of in-line-of-duty death Spouse may choose a two (2) or four (4) year school. Two (2) year school $2,000.00. Four (4) year school $12,000.00. Association Member Benefits Members pay yearly dues. Benevolent Brotherhood (must be an Assn. member to join) Death Benefit is $5,000.00 which is payable upon death of a member to the designated beneficiary in the fund. (Benefit increases $1,000.00 with each increase in membership of 1,000.) Administered by the NCAR&EMS $4.00 Join fee Monthly Assessments for Deaths $1/death of a BH member Join within 5yrs of joining Association unless entire department joins and before age 65. Association Member Benefits Members pay yearly dues. Accidental Death & Dismemberment Death Benefit $20,000.00 - Coverage is 24 hours a day. (Administered by the NCAR&EMS) $3,000 Member provided by American Income Dismemberment Up to $20,000 Coverage is 24 hours a day. (Administered by NCAREMS) Natural Death ( Must have spouse or dependent) $1000.00 Association Member Benefits Members pay yearly dues. Monetary Compensation $200.00 Member must show evidence to type of natural or man made catastrophe or proof of monetary loss. Must have a minimum estimated loss of $1000.00. Does not include motor vehicle crashes. NC Vision Health Plan $55 Wellness exam 25% Discount on eyeglasses-off total purchase including upgrades (Excludes Budget Eyewear) 25% Discount Sunglasses (unless prohibited by manufacturer 20% Discount on contact lenses (excludes disposables) 10% Discount on 1 yr supply of Disposables For more information and locations visit the website www.eyecarecenter.com or www.ncvision.com. Questions???