Christmas & Holiday Campaign to sell bricks at the RI Firefighter’s Memorial

Christmas & the holiday Season are already upon us, and this may be the perfect way to recognize or memorialize your special family member or friend in the fire service, past or present.

Be a part of the over 350 personalized bricks already installed at the beautiful new RI Firefighters Memorial. Order yours before January 29 2023, so that it will be installed before the May 6, 2023 ceremony at the RI Firefighter’s Memorial.

You’ll be able to give your firefighter, friend or loved one a meaningful gift that will keep giving for a long time. Let us know if we can help. Click in the link below or contact RIAFC Executive Director Rick Susi, or 401-692-0795



Click here to buy a brick at the RI Firefighters Memorial



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.


Buy A Brick at the RI Firefighters Memorial


To Buy A Brick at the RI Firefighters Memorial click here.

You will be linked to the dedicated website for brick sales at the RI Firefighters Memorial and you will be able to scroll through the list of over 50 logos representing fire departments and fire service organizations across the state.

Simply scroll down to the online form where you will put in your information and choose your logo (if any) and brick size and wording. You will pay online and your order will be placed.

As always, if you have any questions, or would prefer to send in a hard copy form and check, please contact us at or call at 401-692-0795. CLICK Here to link to the hard copy form, which can be mailed to the RIAFC, PO BOX 6041, Providence RI 02940.


There is no time limit to Buy a Brick at the RI Firefighter Memorial

The fire department logos above are available to put on any brick at no extra cost, and you still have plenty of room for your wording. If we don’t have your logo, and you want it on a brick, contact us. We’ll tell you how we can add yours!

What better way to honor your special firefighter than to purchase a brick that will be a lasting part of the RI State Firefighter Memorial. You will also receive a 4 x 4 replica tile.

The memorial will be built, and bricks will be installed by Fall, 2019. You can choose from three sizes,

4″x 8″ ($150) up to 3 lines – 15 spaces in each line (less if clip art is added)

8″x 8″ ($300) up to 5 lines – 20 spaces in each line (less if clip art is added)

12″x 12″ ($500) up to 8 lines – 20 spaces in each line (less if clip art is added)

You can purchase your brick(s) by going online to the link below or by filling out the form

To print the form to fill out and send in CLICK HERE

and mail it in with your check to RIAFC, PO Box 6041, Prov. RI 02940

or  contact RIAFC Executive Director Rick Susi at



Click here to buy go to our brick website to buy a brick and pay online



New Informational Brochure for the RI State Firefighters Memorial Fund

Click here for the Buy a Brick information RI State Firefighter Memorial

or fill out the online form below

RIAFC_Brochure  download

Download the PDF file .

100 Club of RI pledges $50,000 to RI Fire Chiefs for the RI Firefighters Memorial

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


RI Association of Fire Chiefs unveil plans for the first “RI Firefighter Memorial”

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.

Stay tuned!

“GO FUND ME” page for RI Firefighter Memorial


PPA Registration OPEN for 2018 Summer/Fall Testing Cycle


The Firefighter Physical Performance Assessment (PPA) test registration period is now open.

Click on the link below to go directly to the PPA Information and Registration page

RIAFC members meet with RI Congressional Delegation in Washington DC

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.