There are three candidates that have expressed their intention to seek the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association Western Director’s position. The three candidates are listed below. Please take a moment and get to know the candidates. We will be voting at the July meeting for one of them to represent Western North Carolina.
In April of 2016 the Western NC Association of Firefighters elected me to the position of Western Director for the NC State Firefighters Association and entrusted me to carry out the associated duties of the position. From the time I was sworn in to represent the West and the other regions of the state I tried earnestly to perform the duties to the best of my abilities and also to learn as much as I could pertaining to the functions of the NCSFA and the role each of the Board members and Staff serve in their capacities. During these past 2 years I was both humbled and honored that you had entrusted me in this position. It was during my time on the NCSFA Board that I gained a better understanding of the many vital responsibilities that the NCSFA carries out for each of you as members, and in conjunction with a number of other agencies, organizations, and groups both private and governmental entities that the NCSFA interacts with on a continual basis to ensure that you as a member would expect and deserve. The experience and lessons learned has truly been rewarding in a number of ways.
In March of 2018 I was unknowingly removed from the fire department roster that I was rostered on and didn’t know until some days after that I had been removed. At that time, I contacted the Chief of another department about joining his department and started the process of application and being approved by background check, references, etc. to become a member of their department. I was approved as a member of the new department and was once again listed as a rostered member per NCSFA guidelines. It was during this short period of time between departments (less than 3 weeks) that the Attorney for the NCSFA determined that I had a break in service and basically resulted in an automatic tenure of my resignation as a Board member to the NCSFA. He determined that according to the NCSFA Bylaws, that if there is a break in rostered service, be it 5 minutes or 5 days, that it causes a Board member to become unqualified according to the Bylaws.
It is because of these actions that in accordance with the NCSF Bylaws that the Western Association has to have an election to fill this position again. The Western Association announced at the April 18th quarterly meeting that the election would be held at the July 18th quarterly meeting.
I am asking for your support at the July meeting to fill this position again and serve each of you in this role. I am back on a fire department roster and listed as a qualified candidate and eligible to be elected to serve and represent you again.
As you probably already know, there will be one vote per department for each of the Western departments and the meeting will be hosted by the Highlands Fire Department in Macon County with the meeting location at the Highlands Recreation Center. A meal will be served beginning at 630pm and the meeting starting at 730pm. I would like to encourage you to attend to obtain to information from representatives and also the networking with your peers.
I truly appreciate your support in the past and would sincerely appreciate it again. Please feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way. My cell is 828-217-1399 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Cash has “officially” been in the fire service since 1998 starting as a volunteer and currently serving as Assistant Chief of Training and Safety with the Cherryville Fire Department in Cherryville. He began as a career firefighter with the City of Shelby in 2005, where he currently holds the rank of Battalion Chief of Operations over A-Platoon since 2015. He also serves as a part-time instructor for a few of the local community colleges.
Chief Cash holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science concentrating in Town, City, and County Management degree from Appalachian State University, and an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Cleveland Community College.
Chief Cash holds numerous certifications and specialties including but not limited to Fire Officer III, Qualified Level II Instructor, Hazmat Technician, Fire Life Safety Educator II, and Fire Inspector II. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s Executive Development Program in October 2015. He received the NCSFA Firefighter of the Year in 2015, and he was awarded his Fire Officer Designation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2015.
Chief Cash currently serves on the Cleveland County United Way Fund Distribution Panel as well as serving as Co-Chair for the City of Shelby’s United Way Campaign. He is a volunteer with the Cherryville Little League program serving as a Board Member and Umpire Coordinator in the past. Last, he is a member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville.
Chief Cash currently resides in Ranlo with his lovely bride Erin. They are currently working towards starting their family and enjoy traveling around the country and the Caribbean together.
As a proud third generation firefighter, I began my career as a volunteer at the Mooresville Fire Department in 1992. I was hired full-time at Mooresville in 1996 where I served in every ranking position for the department including my current position as Fire Chief. I am currently active in the following associations: International Association of Fire Chiefs, North Carolina State Firefighters Association, North Carolina Society of Fire Service Instructors, North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, Past President of the Western North Carolina Association of Firefighters, and the Iredell County Firefighter’s Association. I hold an Associate’s degree in Fire Prevention Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Service Administration. I have obtained many state certifications and graduated from the UNC School of Government’s Municipal Administration and Professional Executive Leadership Academy. I live in Mooresville with my wife Connie and have a beautiful daughter, Camryn and a son Sam.
I am currently seeking election for the vacant seat as the Western Director of the NCSFA. I have been in or around the fire service my entire life and take pride in what the NC fire service has done over the last years. If elected I will continue to strive in moving the bar higher in this great state by representing you and keep everyone engaged in the issues that affect all of us as firefighters and emergency service organizations. During my tenure as Fire Chief here in Mooresville, I have worked tirelessly to obtain an ISO class 1 insurance rating for my district resulting in the first and only NCDOI class 1 department in the state with a population under 100,000 residents. I currently have extensive experience managing and developing a budget of over 10 million annually and work closely with our local and state elected officials on matters such as grants, budgeting, and transportation. I have been instrumental in leading change at our local level by developing Strategic Plans and implementing tactics to move the Town and the fire department forward so that we achieve our goals through proper planning and implementation. I have served on the WNCAFF Board in several positions and I am committed to being a trustworthy advocate to the members of the NC fire service for my term on the board. I feel that with my experience and proven results that I will be the best person to fill this position and represent all of us in a professional, trusting, and honorable way.
Thank you for your support,