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Captain Perkins recognized by RI Southern Firemen’s League

Captain Jane C. Perkins of the Watch Hill Fire Department, was recognized recently by the RI Southern Firemen’s League for her work in writing columns related to the fire service in the Westerly Sun. Presenting the recognition certificate was Chiefs Nate Barrington, Michael Frink and Justin Lee.

These monthly columns are written and published in the Westerly Sun. Jane is the Fire Safety Specialist for the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League. She has a doctorate in education and works as an educational consultant.

The columns are intended as a way to connect directly with the residents and taxpayers that we serve and protect. The columns help promote fire prevention and fire safety while also answering many of the common questions that many of the local fire chiefs and firefighters are being asked.

Each month, Jane answers a question related to fire prevention, fire safety, or fire protection while providing readers with a better idea of what local firefighters do, how local fire departments operate, and what people can do to help make themselves, their families, and their community safer.

Click on the link below to go to her latest column.

Rhode Island Sprinkler Coalition


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RI Sprinkler Coalition 

Download the PDF file 13 D Class.


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The newly formed RI Sprinkler Coalition will be holding a half day 13D class and “side by side” room & contents burn at the East Greenwich Firefighter’s Hall on February 21, 2017. The burn will be set up in the parking lot, away from the buildings. The newly formed coalition is chaired by the RI Association of Fire Chiefs and looks to promote the use of residential sprinklers. Other members of the coalition are NFPA, NFSA, ICC, RI Fire Marshal, RI Building Commissioner, RI Fire Marshals Association and we are looking to have the RI State Firefighters become involved.

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Fire as a Weapon

UFF Fire as Weapon Position statement FINAL

Dear Colleagues:

You may recall that we discussed “Fire as a Weapon” just after the “active shooter” policy position discussion in 2014. At that meeting the UFF Chiefs took a position on responses to such events (attached).

Given a new ISIS publication, Fire as a weapon is once again on the forefront. Issue #5 of Rumiyah


Quotes from the article
“The new ISIS terror weapon is fire”
“This is a quick option for anyone intending to join the just terror campaign,”
“With some simple and readily accessible materials (i.e. flammables), one can easily terrorize an entire nation,”
The article offers a photo of a Dallas Baptist Church.

Here is a reporter article about it..

I hope you find this useful.


Russell E. Sanders
Executive Secretary
Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association

Honor Flight WW II veterans at Julie Latessa’s Christmas celebration 2016


These are photos or our Honor Flight WW II veterans at Julie Latessa’s Christmas celebration 2016. Seated (Left to Right) Al Fasano (96), John Goode (91), Duilio Turilli (94), Ms. Luisa White, Louis Marciano (92), Palmo Guccione (95), Chrispino DeCarlo (93), Benjamin Carbone (93), Domenic Giarrusso (94). Our WW II veterans want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Safe and Happy New Year!!

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RI Fire Chiefs & Honor Flight collect gifts for veterans

RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight board member Steve Hay came up with a great idea. Why don’t we collect Christmas gifts for the veterans at our RIAFC Christmas Party? And that’s just what was done with the items collected delivered to the RI Veterans Home in Bristol. Thanks to Steve and his band of Christmas Elf’s  who helped with the delivery. Merry Christmas to all of our veterans!

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R I Association of Fire Chiefs supports RI Critical Incident Stress Management Team


The RIAFC Foundation presented a check for $3,500 to the RI Critical Incident Stress Management Team at the RIAFC Christmas Party. Foundation President George Farrell presented the check to Dr. Anne Balboni who leads the all-volunteer team. Chief Farrell thanked the CISM Team for their dedication as an important resource for all RI First Responders.


RI Sheriffs Association donates $6,000 to RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight


Gerry Newsham of the RI Sheriffs Association spoke about the importance of the Honor Flight program after presenting the RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Hub with a check for $6,000. He, along with members of the Sheriffs Association executive board, made the presentation to the RIAFC members assembled for their annual Christmas Party recently. Accepting the check was Honor Flight chairman Chief George Farrell, Ret.


Gene Valicenti interview of Chief Farrell at Pearl Harbor ceremonies in Hawaii

Below is a picture of WWII veteran Floyd Welch from Honor Flight “KILO” in November of 2015. This picture was taken at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. Mr Welch served on the USS Maryland and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He is at Pearl Harbor today for the ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.

RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight chairman, Chief George Farrell, ret. is pictured here (right) with Brian Welch, who accompanied his father on that Honor Flight.

Click on the file above to listen to Chief Farrell’s interview with Gene Valicenti on WPRO radio this morning.