THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014
Article is Courtesy of: www.reed.senate.gov
EXETER, RI – U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today joined with state fire and public safety officials in announcing $425,000 in federal funding to help upgrade training equipment at the Rhode Island Fire Academy. Administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the federal funds will help the state fire academy acquire a new fire engine, 18 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA), and hands tools, such as axes, hydra rams, and K-12 saws, which will support the practical educational component of the academy’s curriculum.
Located on property near the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Route 2, the Rhode Island Fire Academy is run through the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The Academy provides firefighters with basic training and specialized courses ranging from arson detection to hazardous materials to rope rescue and more.
“This federal funding will help ensure the Rhode Island Fire Academy has the tools and equipment to fulfill their training needs. It will offset the cost of a new truck and equipment to help make the training more effective and realistic and teach firefighters the latest techniques,” said Senator Reed, who leads an annual fire grant workshop to help fire departments across the state apply for competitive federal assistance. “I appreciate the great work that Colonel O’Donnell, Fire Marshall Chartier, Fire Academy Director Pare, their teams, and all our firefighters do to keep our communities safe. I will continue working hard to provide federal assistance to help staff and equip our fire departments throughout Rhode Island and ensure they have the state-of-the-art facilities and gear they need to be effective.”
“Rhode Island firefighters put their lives on the line to keep our communities and businesses safe,” said Senator Whitehouse. “It’s up to us to get them the training and equipment they need to do their job. I’m glad to see Rhode Island firefighters will be better equipped, and I congratulate the Rhode Island Fire Academy on receiving this important funding.”
“The Rhode Island Fire Academy is the hub of fire service training and education for our firefighters, and this crucial funding will benefit every fire department across the state,” said Congressman Langevin. “Rhode Island is fortunate to have some of the best public safety officials in the country, and this grant award will further support their efforts to keep our cities and towns safe.”
“Like all Rhode Islanders, I am grateful to our courageous first responders who protect our local communities every day,” said Congressman Cicilline. “I am proud to support the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and these federal funds will help the Rhode Island Fire Academy prepare brave men and women for a tough job that is critical to protecting property and saving lives. I will continue to work to provide the resources our communities need to give our local first responders the training and equipment they require.”
“We are very appreciative of the Congressional delegation’s efforts to assist us and making it possible to apply for the original grant. The fruit of this effort is being announced today. The Fire Academy services over 2,700 students and this equipment will allow us to take our firefighter 1 & 2 program up to the national standards,” said Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the State Police and Commissioner of the State Department of Public Safety.
According to recent statistics from of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs, Rhode Island has approximately 4,000 firefighters and roughly half of them are volunteers.
Last year, Congress appropriated $320.9 million for competitive, federal AFG grants to help fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations nationwide. So far this year, Rhode Island has received $1.285 million in fiscal year 2013 AFG funds.
Nationwide, 10,700 applications were submitted for AFG funds, available to fire departments, non-affiliated EMS organizations and state fire training academies. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants
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The group purchase of the IFSTA 6th Edition 1001 has been approved by Director Pare, and is being coordinated by Sue Hawksley.
This program is also available for Fire Departments who wish to be involved in this group purchase.
Sue Hawksley will be placing the order in June to give people enough time to sign up for this offer, and because in July the Director will take the names of the instructors to IFSTA where they will be put in a database of instructors. This way, in later July, when you sign onto the IFSTA website you can access the power points and other teaching materials for the program you teach for free.
If you would like more information about this purchase, please fill in the form below and submit. Or email Sue Hawksley directly (SHawksley@aol.com)
- All meals will be provided from Friday evening through Sunday lunch.
- Lodging is provided for Friday and Saturday nights.
- Mandatory Orientation Session: Friday evening, July 11, 2014. After orientation, a social will be held with members from the South Carolina fire service.
- Saturday evening, a special Fallen Firefighters Memorial will be held after class.
- Saturday, July 12th, classes start at 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A barbecue will be held at the log cabin after the memorial.
- An NFA Weekend Golf shirt will be provided Application Process
- A completed application; both the FEMA 119-25-2 (attached) and RIFA application, must be received by May 27, 2014. No phone applications will be accepted.
- Applications must be filled out COMPLETELY. Incomplete applications will be returned.
- Students must obtain a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). (Can be obtained online)
- A payment of $100 must be made out to: RI Fire Instructor’s Association. (Money orders or Department Checks Only)
Please submit Completed applications to:
Rhode Island State Fire Academy
118 Parade Street
Providence, RI 02909
On June 1st, 2014, all NFPA 1001 courses will begin using the IFSTA Essentials 6th edition. All instructors should download the revised skill sheets for future use.