RIAFC President, Chief Scott Partington, walked in the Bristol 4th of July Parade yesterday along with a large group of firefighters commemorating 9/11. Chief Jim Sousa of Warren organized the parade walk and Chief Rick Petrin also walked the parade route with the group. Chief Partington had the following to say about the event,
“Great time at parade yesterday. Chief Jim Sousa did a fantastic job helping to coordinate this event. It was a very humbling experience to have marched in it.”
Here are some additional pictures.
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Stress trauma and Everything In-between
An Awareness of Pertinent Mental Health Concerns in Fire Service
A four-hour discussion as an overview of various forms of stress and trauma exposures to include mental health concerns in today’s fire service. We will discuss leadership initiatives that can impact the cultural changes needed to address the mental health of responders.
Stress: acute-cumulative-chronic-critical incident, burnout
Trauma: critical event- vicarious- compassion fatigue
PTS and PTSD
The need for physical and emotional wellness in fire service
The value of resiliency training
The goals and purpose of critical incident stress management
Stress and trauma resources for first responders
Four educational contact hours will be awarded through the Rhode Island Critical Incident Stress Management TEAM, Inc
Behavioral Health Seminar
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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
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.