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100 Club presents $50,000 check for RI Firefighter Memorial! Construction update included.

The 100 Club of RI presented a $50,000 check to the RIAFC Foundation and the RI association of Fire Chiefs at the 100 Club annual dinner. The money is in support of the building of the RI Firefighter Memorial, located at the entrance of the RI Fire Academy. The project has been spearheaded, and is being built by the RIAFC Foundation and the RI Association of Fire Chiefs.

100 Club president Jim Grundy (right) and vice president Joe Terino (left) presented the check to RIAFC Foundation president, Chief Tim Walsh, Chief Scott Kettelle, RIAFC board member and project chairman, and Chief Rick Susi, Ret., RIAFC Executive Director.

 

The project is currently under construction with footings and foundation already completed. The area has been backfilled and two large dead trees in close proximity have been removed. The bronze centerpiece statue is being crafted with delivery expected in July. Bronze inlays as well as a 25foot detailed Maltese cross at the center of the plaza have also been ordered, with similar delivery dates.

Over $50,000 worth of personalized memorial pavers have been ordered and will be installed in the plaza by summers end, when the bulk of the project is expected to be completed. A dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for October 26, 2019.

Anyone interested in purchasing personalized memorial pavers should click here

There are still multiple ways to support the project by both personal and corporate contributions. For example, Bronze plaques are being placed at the base of each of the five flagpoles recognizing their sponsors. Other plaques will recognize in kind donations of contractors donating their services during construction, as well as specific personalized memorials. If you have any questions how you can be a part of the first RI State Firefighters Memorial, please contact Chief Rick Susi at 401-692-0795 or rifirechiefs@gmail.com

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RIAFC & RIAFC Foundation online store for clothing w/logos OPEN for LIMITED TIME

We have opened an online store for a limited amount of time for select clothing items with our logos. You have the ability to choose which logo, and if you want to have your name on it as well. This online store will only be open until July 7, 2019 and all items will be shipped by July 22nd.

We will open this store from time to time with popular items available for purchase. This online store is being provided by our supplier, Cool Air Creations in Smithfield and $5 has been added to each item that will come back to the RIAFC Foundation to help fund the foundations efforts.

Click on the link below to access the online store.

https://mycompanygear.net/rifca/

 

Enjoy,

Rick Susi

 

Nine members of the RI LAST Team attend training in Portland ME.

The NFFF scheduled a 1 ½ day LAST class in Portland, ME on June 3-4 and nine members of the RI LAST attended. The class was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton about 2 miles from the Portland Airport. Day 1 was a basic LAST class, with a working lunch. Day 2 covered Funeral Planning, PSOB 2.0 and Organizational Management/Team Deployment in the morning. After a working lunch, the CAST (and designated co-CAST) were invited for a working session with the training team to help identify more specific ways to support your team and enhance the program.

Big week for the RI Firefighter Memorial project – Excavation, footings and foundations

Work has begun at the RI Firefighter Memorial. The excavation started today (Tuesday May 21st) with forms, footings and foundations going in at the end of the week. Thanks to our amazing contractors/donors Montgomery Engineering, S&H Forms, Cullion Concrete and Heritage Concrete.

Red Cross “Sound The Alarm” event held 5/11/19

Here is the group of Red Cross volunteers this morning getting psyched and revved up to go out and install over 1,000 smoke detectors. They are an amazing group doing some amazing fire safety work in the community. They are definitely saving lives today! Thank you to all involved!

Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” event Saturday May 11th

”The American Red Cross is holding their annual Sound the Alarm event on Saturday May 11, 2019 and is asking firefighters from all over Rhode Island to lend a hand.  Sound the Alarm is an annual event where the Red Cross along with volunteer participants work alongside other local groups, canvassing at-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, educate families about fire prevention and safety.

This event will be held rain or shine on May 11, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cranston High School West, 80 Metropolitan Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island.

Help the Red Cross Sound the Alarm by volunteering!   You can volunteer as an individual or as a group.  For more information clickwww.soundthealarm.org/rhodeisland.”

Replica 4×4 tiles will be issued for each brick purchased for the FF Memorial

Everyone who purchases a brick for the RI Firefighter Memorial will receive a replica 4 x 4 inch commemorative tile with the exact same wording an/or logos on the tile. These will be issued no matter what size brick is purchased.

The picture below is of the 37 replica tiles that just came in with the bricks that were ordered recently. These tiles came out great and will display perfectly the contribution made by the purchaser and the service of the people and organizations being memorialized.

Click her to get complete information on purchasing a brick for the RI FF MEMORIAL.