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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”

The Passing of Fire Chief Frederick Arthur Stanley

The Passing of Fire Chief Frederick Arthur Stanley

It is with deep sadness and profound respect that we announce the passing of our good friend and colleague, Chief Frederick Arthur Stanley.

Chief Stanley passed away today in his home with his wife Sylvia, and his family at his side. He was 83 years old.

Although we may have known this was coming, it is no less of a shock to know that we will no longer hear his voice and see his smile.

 As we contemplate the loss to his family, friends and the fire service, we can take heart that we knew this legend of a man who so many would emulate.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and the members of the HVWFD.

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. 

Examples of actual Bricks that have come in for the Firefighter Memorial

Here are some pictures some of the bricks that have come in for the RI Firefighters Memorial. These are actual pictures so if they are not straight or look like different colors, that is just the lighting, or shadows of the picture. They are all the same color and the wording is straight. We hope this might give you a better idea of what the bricks can look like. All three sizes are depicted, most with logos on them.

Link to the page to purchase a brick

100 Club scholarship deadline of March 1st approaching fast. Great opportunity as applications way down

Link to 100 Club scholarship webpage

The deadline of March 1st is quickly approaching for anyone who will be applying for a 100 Club scholarship. The number of applicants is extremely low this year so this is a good opportunity apply if eligible. Please click on the link to go directly to their webpage for all the details and application.

Southern League give first annual Chief Frederick A. Stanley Dedicated Service Award to Chief Justin Lee

The RI Southern Firefighters League has awarded the first annual Frederick A. Stanley Dedicated Service Award  to Chief Justin Lee of the Hope Valley Wyoming Fire Department. The honor was awarded at the organizations annual Legislators Night, an event that continues to be very important to Chief Stanley. When Chief Stanley stepped down last year as its long time president he was given the Dedicated Service Award. The organization has decided to make the award an annual tradition and that it be named in honor of Chief Stanley. Pictured below (l – r) are Southern League Board members Chief Bob Peacock, President Chief Nate Barrington, Chief Lee, and organization secretary Lieutenant Chris Koretski.

In addition, the Southern League handed out its Legislator of the Year Award to House Minority Leader Blake Filippi. Leader Filippi is pictured below holding the plaque next to Chief Chris DeGrave of the Dunns Corners Fire Department, along with other board members. A dozen legislators attended the event to represent the area that the Southern League covers.

RIAFC and RIAFC Foundation install slate of officers for 2019

The Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs recently installed its slate of officers for 2019. Acting Coventry Town Manager Ed Warzycha swore in the members of the RIAFC executive board as well as the president and vice president of the RIAFC Foundation. Installed at their annual meeting at the Old Theater Diner in Coventry are (from left – right) Chief Frank Brown (president), Chief Oscar Elmasian (1st VP), Retired Providence Assistant Chief Bill Giannini (treasurer), Chief Scott Partington (2nd VP), Chief Bob Bradley (director), Chief Mike Demello (director), Chief Scott Kettelle (director) and RIAFC Executive Director Chief Rick Susi, Ret. (secretary).

Chief Tim Walsh and Chief Stu Pearson, Ret. are pictured below being sworn in as president and vice president of the RIAFC Foundation, respectively.