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      The mission of the New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. is to unite all Chaplains of the State of New York in order to promote a deeper and wider knowledge of one another in the true ecumenical and interfaith spirit; and to establish statewide procedures of standardization in serving our fellow firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and God, our supreme Chief.

2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain Joseph P. McCarthy shares this news…

On Wednesday, 5/11/22, one of the most significant events in the Fire Service occurred on Long Island. Our Brother Chaplain Frank C. Trotta Jr., Proprietor of the #1 Fire Publication in the USA, FIRE NEWS, created, sponsored, and funded, an incredibly important event. Five Major Firefighter and LODD Firefighter Family Support Organizations (Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Foundation, The Ray Pfeifer Foundation, Firefighter Cancer Support Network – NY Chapter, and FealGood Foundation) were recognized, honored, and granted $10,000 checks to aid and assist their chosen Missions. This $50,000 granting of funds was accumulated by FIRE NEWS specifically from their 9/11 Edition, which is surely a keepsake.

The NYSAFC Members participating in this event were the Facilitator and owner of FIRE NEWS, Frank Trotta Jr., Chaplain and Chief of the Nassau County Fire Police Association Bill Gruener, Reverend Doctor and Brother Chaplain John Fleischman, and NYSAFC 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain Joe McCarthy.

Chaplain Gruener offered a Prayer, Chaplain McCarthy offered the Invocation, and Chaplain Fleischman offered the Benediction, while Chaplain Frank Trotta Coordinated, Funded, and Celebrated the entire event. Thanks also to the South Country Ambulance Company for hosting this important event.

May the Good Lord Bless all of us in Fire and EMS, and all Supporting Organizations, especially our Fire Chaplains.



[Pictured, left to right, are: 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain Joseph McCarthy, Rev. Dr. John Fleischman, Suffolk County Emergency Services C.I.S.M. Team Coordinator Ellen Komosinski, and Suffolk County F.R.E.S. Commissioner Patrick Beckley]

[Pictured, left to right, are: FDNY Member, FDNY Rescue 1 William Ryan, FDNY Chief (Ret.) Joe DiBernardo Sr., and FDNY Rescue 3 Lt. (Ret.) Gerard Murtha]


(Pictured is FDNY Chief of Department (Ret.) Chief Thomas Richardson



Annual Fire Chaplains Training Conference July 17 – July 20, 2022
(The files below are identical!  The first file is in Word format and the second file is a PDF file.  They include the registration material and the tentative schedule for this year's training conference.  We look forward to seeing you in July.)

New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc.

Annual Training Conference 2022

Theme of Conference: “Four Chaplains”

Dates of Conference: Sunday July 17 - Wednesday July 20 (Noon)

Place of Conference:

          Comfort Inn and Suites East Greenbush

          99 Miller Road, Castleton, NY (Same as 2019 Conference)

Point of Contact: Thomas With, tomwith@hotmail.com


The officers of our association:

Thomas F. With, Chief Chaplain
34 Woodside Avenue
Colonie, NY 12205
(518) 438-7486 
Richard G. Bolster, 1st Deputy Chief Chaplain
46 Shova Road
Malone, NY 12953
(518) 569-3124 cell (Voice and Text)
Joseph P. McCarthy, 2nd Deputy Chief Chaplain
PO Box 554
Southold, NY 11971-0554
(631) 740-1743
William A. Miles, Executive Secretary
470 Adam Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150-1804
(716) 583-1413
David A. Quinn, Treasurer
126 County Rt 26A
Stuyvesant, NY 12173
(518) 281-0949 (Cell)