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Holiday Fire Safety

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Christmas Tree Safety 

Download the PDF file Christmas Tree Safety.

Don’t let the recent warm temperatures fool you – the holiday season is upon us and it is time to deck the halls and gather friends and family together. The Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs is reminding you again this year to be “fire smart.” President of the Rhode Island Association, Chief Michael Frink, says “choosing the right tree is a good place to start – pick one that has fresh needles that do not fall off when you touch or shake it.”

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious in nature according to the National Fire Protection Association. Frink adds that where you place the tree is as important as what tree you choose. “Make sure the tree is placed at least 3 feet away from any source of heat, like a fireplace, radiator, heat vents or lights. NFPA numbers show that 1 in every 4 tree fires are due to trees being placed too close to a heating source.”

This goes for not only Christmas trees but also for other holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant and make sure to keep decorations away from heat sources. “We all get busy during the holidays and do more indoor entertaining, “ says Chief Richard Susi, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, ” so make sure to check your smoke alarms and do not block exit ways during holiday gatherings. Make sure your guests are aware of your home fire escape plan.”

Holiday Safety

Download the PDF file Winter Holiday Safety.

RIAFC offers turkey cooking safety tips on the Rhode Show


RIAFC board members  appeared on the Rhode Show to offer safety tips for deep frying a turkey. Chiefs Frank Brown and Mike Frink were featured in the following segment from the Rhode Show on Tuesday, November 24th. Chiefs Rick Petrin and Rick Susi assisted on the set. (click on the following link )


Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States.

If deep-frying a turkey is the way you are planning to prepare your holiday feast, the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs reminds you to be aware of potential hazards and take the necessary cooking safety precautions before you cook your meal.

Please follow the tips below so you can enjoy your day this Thanksgiving:

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • Place all cooking units on a level non-combustible surface
  • Locate fryers 30 feet away from structures, trees, or flammable materials.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter then put in the pot.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

Badges for Recovery

Badges for Recovery

 AWOL 12 Step Meetings

Restricted to only Active or Retired

Uniformed Services/Public Safety Personnel

Please click on the following link to see the flyer that Anne Balboni has prepared

AWOL meetings Notification

Updates posted on the CISM Team website (link below)

Station Fire Fund support

The RIAFC was pleased to have Gina Russo, of the Station Fire Fund, speak to our members at a recent RIAFC monthly meeting. The RIAFC will be supporting their effort to build the Station Fire Memorial and we are asking all of our members and friends to do the same. All of the information is in the flyers below. Please take a look and help support this extremely worthwhile cause.

Station Fire Fund flyer

Brick campaign flyer

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RIAFC urges fire service support of the 100 Club of RI


The 100 Club members have a special feeling of gratitude for police officers and firefighters.

Membership eligibility for the 100 Club of Rhode Island is determined by a Board of Directors chosen by and from 100 Club voting members. New members must be sponsored by a minimum of two current 100 Club members in good standing. Membership is open to individuals who share the beliefs and objectives of The 100 Club of Rhode Island.

Membership categories include Active or Retired Police or Fire at $50 per year, Individual at $100 per year, and Lifetime at a one-time cost of $1000. All dues are tax deductible. To preclude any conflict of interest, only Individual and Lifetime members can vote, serve on our various committees, or serve as an Officer or member of the Board of Directors. A general membership meeting is held once a year.

The 100 Club of Rhode Island was founded as an entirely civilian organization in 1972. However, in response to many inquiries from actively serving public safety officials who appreciate our services to their families, active full-time law enforcement officers, firefighters, and rescue personnel became eligible for non-voting membership in June of 2014.

If you are interested in joining the 100 Club of Rhode Island, please print out and complete the membership application or call/email Lorraine C. Slaney at (401) 421-2500.


Click on the following link to go directly to the 100 Club of RI website

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RIAFC represented at RIANG Air Show booth


IMG_0953Ashley Cliff of Adapt Management, the RIAFC Foundation’s SAFER Grant managers represented us well this weekend with the help of members of the Hope Jackson Fire Department. The booth was set up at the very popular RIANG Air Show.

Honor Flight India pictures




Click on the link below to see the 400 plus pictures from Honor Flight India, April 11, 2015