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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.


2017 RIAFC Seminar featuring Capt. Mike Dugan, FDNY ret.


The RIAFC will host Captain Mike Dugan, FDNY ret. presenting a one day seminar on

Leadership in Todays Fire Service (morning)

Size up & Situational Awareness (afternoon)

REGISTER TODAY for January 28, 2017

Location: East Greenwich Firemen’s Hall

80 Queen St, East Greenwich, RI

Cost: $25 per person

(The fee will include coffee pastry in the morning and a buffet lunch)

Firefighters, company officers and chiefs should register for this one day seminar.

(Scroll down to register and pay for this seminar).

Download the PDF file Seminar flyer.

2017 Captain Mike Dugan, FDNY ret. Seminar

Please join us for this years seminar at the East Greenwich Firemen's Hall on January 28, 2017. To attend please register and pay by completing the form below.
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