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Fourteen members of the RIAFC met with Senators Reed and Whitehouse, as well as Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline in their Washington DC offices on Wednesday, April 18th. Led by RIAFC President, Chief Frank Brown, and RIAFC Foundation President, Chief Tim Walsh, delegation members were each presented with an RIAFC 50th Anniversary lapel pin. Discussions with the delegation centered around various matters of importance to the fire service, including grant funding, National Fire Academy support and issues dealing with hazardous materials.
In addition, Congressman Langevin was presented a plaque in appreciation for his hard work to see that the fire sprinkler tax incentive became a reality. He has been a key proponent and leader on the issue since the Station Night Club Fire. The chiefs were also treated to a tour of the Capitol at the conclusion of the meetings, all happening during their whirlwind one day visit to our nations capitol.
The RIAFC has been a strong supporter of the use of residential sprinklers. Recently, and under the direction of RIAFC President Chief Frank Brown, the RIAFC has had two pieces of legislation submitted in the RI General Assembly dealing with residential sprinklers.
Neither of these bills make requirements of the home builders, but offer a smart alternative to the installation of a water cistern in areas without water, and a chance for purchasers of new construction homes to receive information and possibly make a choice to install residential sprinklers prior to construction of their new home. A pamphlet offering information and dispelling untrue myths about sprinklers is published by the RI Sprinkler Coalition on their webpage. Click here for the pamphlet.
Recently, a column written by fire safety specialist Jane Perkins appeared in the Westerly Sun. The column promoted the use of residential sprinklers and the RI Sprinkler Coalition.
When the RI Sprinkler Coalition was formed in September of 2016, the RIAFC made a commitment to have its current president and 1st vice president always co-chair this important coalition. Working with organizations and partners like NFPA, NFSA, RI Fire Marshals office, RI Building Officials, RI Home Builders, RI Fire Marshals Association, RI Building Commission and more, the RI Sprinkler Coalition hopes to educate the public and all interested parties about the benefits of residential sprinklers. The RI Sprinkler Coalition also has their own webpage with important information. The following link will take you directly to that webpage.
If you have any questions please contact RIAFC Executive Director, Chief Richard Susi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-692-0795
Below- Fire Chiefs, Fire Officials and partners from many national fire safety organizations recently took this picture at the Station Fire Memorial in West Warwick RI, each holding a sprinkler head, in support of the installation of sprinklers as the absolute most effective, pro-active fire safety system available.
To All RIAFC members,
Re: Active duty firefighters with college age children
Please see that your personnel have this important scholarship information ASAP. This is extremely time sensitive, with the application period ending on March 1st, 2018.
The link to the scholarship application is above and the link to learn more about the 100 Club is below on their logo. The 100 Club is an amazing organization that exists to support our firefighters and police officers. I cannot stress enough that you should make sure that your members are aware of the 100 Club, and what they do for RI firefighters and police officers.
State Fire Marshal appointee, Chief Tim McLaughlin, received RI Senate advise and consent from the RI Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee on Wednesday. He is expected to receive the advise and consent of the entire Senate today, making his appointment official. Pictured above from left to right are Senator Donna Nesselbush, Senate President Senator Dominick Ruggerio, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, Chief Tim McLaughlin, Committee Chair Senator Frank Ciccone, and Senator Frank Lombardo
DEM’s Chief of Hazardous Response, Jim Ball, made a presentation to the RIAFC at the January 25th RIAFC monthly meeting. Terry Grey assisted in the presentation dealing with PFAs.
The flyer presented regarding information about PFAs is presented for viewing or download in this post.