Friday, July 31, 2015

Tulsa Fire Museum Becoming Reality

The dream of building a place to honor Tulsa firefighters is becoming reality.

It’s happening thanks to a generous donor who bought the property on behalf of the department.
Fire officials said they've had their eye on this specific building for the past 10 years because it's part of the department's history. 
The Tulsa Fire Alarm Building east of downtown was the department's dispatch center for 50 years. After they moved out it was vandalized and damaged in a flood.

The American lung Association bought the building years later and restored it to its original state.

Once the department learned the Tulsa Fire Alarm Building was going up for sale six months ago they immediately took action. Leaders created a nonprofit to raise funds for the museum.

The department plans to display artifacts and photos, showcase fallen and retired firefighters and create an area for kids. 

“The downstairs will be interactive kids areas with things to play on. Old hose that are a climbing wall and a full fire truck cab the can sit in. It will provide a teachable moment for us that we can educate kids not only about fire safety but injury prevention in general,” said Deborah Bailey, Board Chair, Tulsa Fire Museum Inc.

They still need to raise $500,000 to open the museum by the end of the year or the beginning of 2016.

If you would like to donate to the Tulsa Fire Museum, there’s an account set up at the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Firefighters Credit Union

Fed still holds off on rate increase | 2015-07-30 | CUNA News


WASHINGTON (7/30/15)--Citing “moderate” economic expansion, the Federal Open Market Committee continues to do “a balancing act,” said CUNA Senior Economist Perc Pineda.

The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy-making body completed its meeting Wednesday without edging up the federal funds interest rate. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said the committee will opt for an interest-rate increase sometime this fall. The July meeting, however, was not the time.

“The Federal Reserve continues to do a balancing act: the U.S. economy is not in a recession and definitely not overheating,” Pineda told News Now. “Changes in monetary policy after all are meant to influence an underperforming or an overheating economy.”

Household spending growth has been moderate, and housing has shown additional improvement, the committee said. Labor conditions continue to improve with declining unemployment and solid job gains.

Inflation is anticipated to remain near its recent low level in the near term, but the committee expects it to gradually rise to 2% over the medium term.

“The Committee currently anticipates that, even after employment and inflation are near mandate-consistent levels, economic conditions may, for some time, warrant keeping the target federal funds rate below levels the Committee views as normal in the longer run,” it said in its statement at the conclusion of Wednesday’s meeting.

Pineda said, “My sense is that raising federal funds rate is really a continuation of the gradual normalization of monetary policy that started last year with the end of quantitative easing (QE). If you look at the trend, monetary base has started to decrease last year when QE ended.  We at CUNA had said before that a rate lift-off may have some ‘announcement effect’ but definitely is not going to stall U.S. economic expansion.”

The baseline forecast is for the Fed to begin normalizing interest rates in September--the first of two increases this year--by raising the target range for the fed funds rate to between 0.25% and 0.5% from between 0% and 0.25%.

“If the Fed doesn’t begin normalizing interest rates in September it will be because of low inflation or strains in global financial market,” said Moody’s analyst Ryan Sweet ( July 29).

The committee next meets Sept. 16-17.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Thursday, July 16, 2015


The Secret List

We regret to pass on to you that the Denver Firefighter who fell through a skylight while fighting a fire on June 28 died in the Line of Duty from his injuries last night.
John Whelan, a 15-year veteran of the department was taken to St. Anthony North Health Campus about 1945 hours with shortness of breath, according to a release from the Denver Fire Department. Whelan died less than an hour later after going into cardiac arrest.
Whelan was at the scene of a dumpster fire that broke out near an abandoned building at 3860 Blake Street on June 28th. He was on the roof of the building checking for damage when the skylight collapsed. Whelan fell 20 feet and suffered several injuries including a broken arm, broken ribs and internal injuries. More details will follow as a press conference is scheduled for this morning outside Denver Fire Headquarters. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

TSA PreCheck Reminder

If you have not done this, I highly recommend you do!

With plenty of summer days left to go, the Transportation Security Administration is continuing its PreCheck push.

Earlier this year the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that more than 1 million travelers had registered for its time-saving PreCheck program. Now, as the summer goes into full swing, the agency is pushing to raise that number even higher with a new campaign to draw more on-the-go Americans.

For the uninitiated, the TSA’s PreCheck program allows vetted travelers to move more quickly through separate security screening lines and to skip standard protocols, including removing belts and laptops during preflight security checks.

To raise awareness of the program, the TSA will be sharing two new ads, one of which can be seen below, that explain the basic benefits of signing up.So if you still have some summer traveling on the books or perhaps to the NCOFCU Annual Meeting and Exposition in Nashville, find the closest application center among the 300-plus locations nationwide, get the paperwork sorted out, and remove some of the hassle from your trips.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Join NCOFCU partner Vining Sparks this Thursday for their economic outlook webinar

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Vining Sparks' Chief Economist Craig Dismuke will evaluate economic developments and fixed income sector performance to identify risks and opportunities within the U.S. market.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Job Posting: Licensed Financial Advisor - San Francisco Fire Credit Union


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Credit unions seek greater flexibility in business lending; Banks oppose changes


Nationally, business lending by credit unions grew to $51 billion in 2014 from $4 billion in 2000, according to the NCUA, which described the proposed change as an attempt to modernize rules for credit union business lending.

“This is the right approach at the right time,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said in a statement. “It’s appropriate to move away from prescriptive regulatory limits to general principles providing credit unions with greater flexibility to serve their member businesses. Commercial lending may not be appropriate for every credit union, but that’s a strategic decision for each board of directors to make. Credit unions know their members better than we do, and this modernized business lending rule reflects that reality.”

Read complete article at; Credit unions seek greater flexibility in business lending; Banks oppose changes