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registration open for RIAFC sponsored written firefighter exam accepted by 22 RI fire departments

The RIAFC is sponsoring its first written firefighter exam on October 31, 2020. There will be a morning and afternoon session to choose from. The score from this exam will be accepted by the 22 participating RI fire department (see list on registration page).


The registration process is on at the following link

Register for written exam – click here


RIAFC Foundation SAFER Grant offers free Retention & Recruitment workshop

“You won’t want to miss the new and improved workshop featuring all new segments. This One-Day Recruitment and Retention workshop includes curriculum such as healthy leadership, fostering teamwork, motivating others, successful retention, incentives, and benefits. Space is limited so sign up today to reserve your seat!”


PPA Test open on new registration format through

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Registration is now OPEN

Our new online registration for Fall 2020 will be completed through



To go to our PPA information page on our website click here

The RI Fire Chiefs PPA Test is conducted at 750 School Street in Pawtucket in the rear of the building. Below is a map of the building entrance location.


Redline First Responder Gear Cleaning is a new vendor member of the RIAFC

Michael Matros

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Redline First Responder Gear Cleaning & Inspecting was founded by a firefighter, for the firefighters. We created a mobile extraction unit which is able to come directly to the fire station and take care of all advanced cleanings, along with emergent cleanings.
Updated requirements in NFPA 1851 will create challenges for many fire departments that don’t have the resources to provide frequent cleaning of turnout gear. We have produced a cost effective way to get this gear cleaned quickly and safely.
We are a certified ISP. Everything is self-contained. We can clean Jackets, pants, helmets, boots, hoods, and gloves. Our MEU has the capacity to run 30 sets of gear a day.

Redline Truck overview

Download the PDF file .


New granite cap and statue permanently installed on monument at the RI Firefighters Memorial

The new granite cap and the bronze firefighter gear and helmet statue has been permanently installed in the primary monument at the RI firefighters Memorial. A special thank you goes out to Chief Scott Kettelle, NKFD, and Kettelle Building Movers, for doing the heavy lifting and completing the final installation. It looks great!

New memorial bricks have also been installed. Thanks to all who have purchased bricks. We continue to take orders for memorial bricks. For information click here

Here is a sample of the newly installed bricks


RI receives 70 donated Protective Aerosol Boxes made by Massachusetts firm building 1000 for Massachusetts and beyond

The RIAFC has received and transported 70 of these Protective Aerosol Boxes to the RI DMAT facility in West Greenwich for distribution. Take a look at the basic information below and click on the links to their Facebook page and website for complete details about the boxes. Contact RI DMAT if you are interested receiving one.

Here are the numbers in Massachusetts to date(last week):
447 boxes created and delivered or en-route to be delivered right now.

Hospital deliveries to MGH, Brigham & Women’s, Tufts, Veterans in Manhattan & Downtown NYC Hospitals, Mass General, Boston Children’s – to name only a few.

57 EMT and Fire Departments are now equiped with the boxes.

Why does this matter? Beyond the obvious protection for first responders, everytime a patient needs to be intubated in an ambulance, the ambulance needs to be disinfected afterwards. This means that the ambulance, and the EMTS, are out of commision and can not help more people.

If they have the Protective Aerosol Boxes, then the amublance stays clean and the EMTs risk of infection is greatly reduced.


Roll out of the $822,698 RIAFC Foundation 2019 SAFER Grant for Recruitment & Retention of Volunteer Firefighters in RI


RIAFC SAFER 2 Benefits Admin Guide – March 2020 update

RIAFC SAFER 2 – Reimbursement Request Form January 2020

RIAFC Chiefs Handout Page 2 Highlights

The Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation’s (RIAFC) scholarship program was developed to recruit and retain volunteers in response to a critical need identified by our Association’s volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services providers. The RIAFC scholarship program is funded by a 2018 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant through the Department of Homeland Security.


There are 3 attachments that will explain our grant’s benefits (Chiefs Handout), describe the requirements and process (Admin Guide), and how to request funds (Request Form).


Our Grant Manager is the same team that managed our 1st SAFER Grant.  The Adapt Team is always available to answer your questions at either 855-VOLFIRE, or at

Download the PDF file .

All Fire Service families & friends should support the 100 Club of RI

The RI Association of Fire Chiefs urge all fire service families to support The 100 club of RI

Many of you may already know, but so many more members of the fire service are unaware of the 100 Club of Rhode Island, and all of the amazing support this organization gives to firefighters and police officers in the State of Rhode Island. The members of this organization  support the families of firefighters and police officers who died in the line of duty and much more. Within 24 hours of a line of duty death, a $25,000 check is given to the family for their immediate use, with no restrictions. They also support the children of many firefighters and police officers who apply for educational grants to support their college education.

To further emphasize their support, this fantastic organization has most recently written checks to the RIAFC Foundation totaling $75,000 to support the building of the RI Firefighters Memorial (see pictures below).

We ask you to follow the links below to their website to learn all about the 100 Club, which exists solely to support fire and police families in their time of need.

100 Club of Rhode Island website

Direct link to their membership page and application

We now ask that you share this information, and encourage membership to the 100 Club of Rhode Island to all  fire service families and friends who would like to be a part of this organization.


The 100 Club presents a $50,000 check to the RIAFC Foundation in June 2019. Since then they have written another $25,000 to the RIAFC Foundation, all $75,000 for the RI Firefighters Memorial.


Spring 2020 PPA dates posted, online registration open

Rhode Island Physical Performance Assessment (PPA) Spring 2020 testing dates posted!

Online registration open – choose your dates and register early for the best times!

Rhode Islands PPA test is required by all Rhode Island fire departments with the exception of Providence FD

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