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Press Release: Heightened level of home fire safety warranted

For Immediate Release Heightened Level of Home Fire Safety Warranted The tragedy of the loss of life due to fire is an unspeakable loss at any time of the year. During the week of Christmas, December 20 – 27, South Carolina had an extremely horrendous…

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Food Labels- Are You More Confused Than Ever? by Hilary Keeley

Organic, locally sourced, free range, vegetarian diet, cage free…. the list goes on and on. Food labels are constantly changing and with the changes often come confusion. Here is a list of commonly used terms: Organic- Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the…

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Saving Lives – Changing Lives with the 4 F’s

The “theme” of the 2014 S. C. Fire-Rescue Conference is “Saving Lives – Changing Lives” with a subtitle of “through Family, Finance, Fitness, & Fire Hose”…I call them the 4 Fs. I believe these are the core issues the fire service must address to provide…

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April update from Diets4Life by Hilary Keeley

Spring! It’s that time of year. The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming and you may be looking down at your waistline wondering where that extra layer of love came from.  It’s true. It’s a lot easier in winter with baggy sweatshirts and layers…

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Do you know the difference between a portion and a serving? by Hilary Keeley

If you are trying to lose weight or maintain weight, then being aware of the number of calories you are consuming is critical.  ›  A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat. There is no standard portion size. It is whatever amount…

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IRS Announces that Volunteers will not be Treated as Employees Under Obamacare

From our friends at the NVFC On January 10, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur posted a notice on the U.S. Department of Treasury’s blog that the IRS, “…will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at…

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The Journey to a New You Begins Today – by Hilary Keeley

Happy New Year! It’s my favorite day of the year. It is a day of fresh starts and new beginnings. However, for so many years I would make resolutions on January 1st only to have fallen into my old routine by the end of the…

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From the desk of Association President, Chief Jonathan Jones

Dear Fire Service Family, Your Executive Committee and Association Staff have been working on some major projects that are all focused on YOU. Our goal is to fulfill the purpose of the Firefighters’ Association in enhancing your capabilities within the jurisdictions you serve.  How does…

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Jones talks about leadership and home fire sprinklers

I knew about home fire sprinklers for many years and when efforts began to adopt codes requiring residential fire sprinklers in one- and two-family homes I developed a passion for, and got involved in the initiative. I have testified numerous times before the South Carolina…

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Guest Post on State Retirement

The legislative debate regarding the fate of the SC Retirement Systems (SCRS, PORS, & GARS) is a complicated and ever-changing issue.  This is a “hot button” issue that remains very fluid and changes, literally, every day. I will try to answer the question, as best…

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