In an extremely generous show of support, the 100 Club of Rhode Island pledged $50,000 to the RIAFC Foundation’s project to build the RI Firefighters Memorial at the RI Fire Academy.
A commitment letter presentation was made by 100 Club President Jim Grundy and 100 Club Vice President Joe Terino at the club’s annual golf tournament & fund raiser held at the Alpine Country Club. Accepting the letter on behalf of the RIAFC and the RIAFC Foundation were Chief Frank Brown – RIAFC President, Chief Oscar Elmasian – RIAFC Vice President, Chief Rick Petrin – RIAFC Immediate Past President and Chief Rick Susi, Ret – RIAFC Executive Director.
The RI Firefighter Memorial project is in the design phase and about ready to go out to bid. The project should be completed by the Summer of 2019. The RIAFC and the RIAFC Foundation are in the process of raising funds through the sale of raffle tickets, the sale of engraved bricks that will featured in the memorial, as well as other limited special types of sponsorships.
The 100 Club of Rhode Island was founded in 1972 by a group of local businessmen, as a private charitable organization. Its primary mission is to provide financial assistance to the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty. To put it another way, it’s a group of thoughtful and grateful individuals who are mindful of the daily risks taken by police officers and firefighters. A 100 Club flag will fly at the memorial and a plaque will commemorate their generous contribution to the project.
For information about how you, your department, your organization or business can help please contact the RIAFC at 401-692-0795 or email at email@example.com
The RI Association of Fire Chiefs and the RIAFC Foundation unveiled the renderings of the planned RI Firefighter Memorial, which will be located at the RI Fire Academy. The plans were presented on June 28, 2018 at their monthly meeting that was held at the RI Fire Academy. In addition, the first official donation to the fundraising effort was made by the RI Southern Firefighters League, presented by league president, Chief Nate Barrington and Chief Fred Stanley, Ret. who just retired as league president and made the motion for the donation. Also presenting the check to RIAFC president Chief Frank Brown was Chief Justin Lee, league treasurer. more below………
Also announced was the start of the fund raising process that will include various ways to support Rhode Islands first statewide firefighter memorial. Plans to sell different size bricks that will outline the walkway will be offered with the ability to have a personalized inscription. Additionally, a series of bronze plaques will be made available for larger donors. These plaques will be placed on the face of the sitting wall at the front of the memorial plaza. Other forms of support will come from a “Go Fund Me Page” and a raffle to win a weekend at Block Island.
The RI Association of Fire Chiefs and the RIAFC Foundation have already committed $25,000, so far, to this project that is being designed and managed for them by the Robinson Green Beretta Corporation. Construction documents are being drawn up and a budget will soon be established. The project is expected to cost in excess of $100,000 that will also hopefully include in-kind donations of materials and services.
The RIAFC Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the RI Association of Fire Chiefs, is a 501C3 organization and all donations to this project are completely tax deductable. As the fund raising effort begins to ramp up more information will be coming out. Fire service organizations around the state will be invited to support this effort that is expected to be completed in the next 12 months, if not sooner.
The Firefighter Physical Performance Assessment (PPA) test registration period is now open.
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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.
A synopsis of the history of the RI Association of Fire Chiefs was presented at the RIAFC Installation of Officers Banquet. A book detailing the first 8 meetings that formed the RIAFC in 1966-67 is included, along with 5 collages, 1 for each decade, with pictures and documents from the 50 year history of the RIAFC. A list of every president is also included on the back cover of the book. The book can be downloaded from the link above or simply viewed below. With the ability of zooming in on the pages, the material can actually be read. Fifty years and counting!