BFSPA is the Alexandria, Virginia chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters (IABPPF).
The BFSPA is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Lieutenant Keturah Wyatt. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the Wyatt family and the Baltimore City Fire Department during this difficult time.
It's with great sadness to share the passing of Lt. Keturah Wyatt - an active #BCFD member. We will continue to pray for her family during this difficult time. #GoneButNotForgotten
“Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.” - John Lewis
Make sure to tune into CBS on July 8th at 8/7c to watch the premiere of a brand new reality series titled ‘Tough As Nails’ which will be featuring BFSPA member Young J. An.
Meet Young, our Firefighter from Virginia who hopes to show young Asian Americans that anything is possible as he competes to be crowned Tough As Nails. 💪
Today is a historical day in the City of Alexandria as Juneteenth has officially been recognized as a city/state holiday. Let us rejoice and honor our ancestors with a day of reflection and celebration. As a nation we may not be where we want to be but thankfully we aren't where we used to be. Let’s continue to make meaningful progress. Happy Juneteenth!
Happy Easter from the BFSPA!!
African American Firefighter Museum
Just some FYI for your proactive preplanning concerning the Covid19 pandemic.
Firefighters celebrate 150th anniversary of D.C.'s first all-black fire station By Stephanie Ramirez Published 4 hours ago D.C. Fire and EMS FOX 5 DC Facebook Twitter Print Email article A look inside D.C.'s pioneering Company 4 fire station in 1943. WASHINGTON - D.C. firefighters gathered Saturday....
This is awesome! Thank you gentlemen for your service!
It’s a family career! Meet Firefighter Robert Thomas and his sons Firefighters Jason, Nathan and Stephen Thomas. Robert made the courageous decision to become one of New York’s Bravest nearly 38 years ago and he helped to pave the way for his sons and many others to join our heroic Department. In celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, join us today in learning more about this fire suppression family. Read more at www.joinfdny.com/meetthethomasfamily. #FDNYFit
Another living legend! Thank you for being a role model. We salute you. Lisa Simba
Today we celebrate Captain Lisa Simba, who became the first African American woman in the department in 1988. Captain Simba has made quite the impact over the years, including her leadership in the EMS training efforts for the department. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
A look into yesterday’s remarkable ceremony honoring a living trailblazer, Lieutenant Gerald Wanzer.
Alexandria Fire Chief Corey Smedley was serious when he said, "There would be no Corey Smedley without Gerald Wanzer." You see 53 years ago
Thank you for your service!
Did you know: Troy Gibbs was the first black woman firefighter hired by AFD in 1991. Gibbs went on to become the first black woman lieutenant and captain in AFD history. Gibbs is perseverance personified. Thank you for your service! #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth
R.I.P FF Manning. We will continue your legacy.
Today we honor and remember Willie Manning who became one of the founding members of the Black Fire Service Professionals of Alexandria. He was a pioneer of AFD and an example for people of color in the fire service. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
Congratulations to Corey Smedley on officially becoming the FIRST African-American Fire Chief of the City of Alexandria(VA) in its 200+ years history. The city's first paid firefighters were hired in 1855 however the departments roots are actually dated further back to 1774. George Washington, our nations first president was also an early member of the city's first fire company.
"I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go."- Langston Hughes
The City of Alexandria officially swears in new Fire Chief Corey A. Smedley, making him the first African American Fire Chief in the City’s history. Congratulations! We look forward to your leadership as we move AFD into the future.
Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA
Join us for the official swearing in ceremony for Fire Chief Corey Smedley at 6 p.m. today at City Hall, 301 King St. https://www.alexandriava.gov/113162
Apply to participate in our Spring 2020 Community Fire Academy program and get an inside look at how your fire department operates. Applications are now open through Friday, Jan. 31. Learn more here: https://www.alexandriava.gov/98792
Fire Chief Corey Smedley will be officially sworn into office at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 28 at City Hall in the Vola Lawson Lobby, 301 King Street.
Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA
After their monthly meeting today, labor group leaders and Fire Chief Corey Smedley sign a labor management agreement to continue consistent communication and collaboration to improve the department and move the organization into the future. Working together, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.
First female chief set to take over Prince George’s County fire department
Chief Tiffany Green rose through the ranks of the Maryland department to become one of about 70 female fire chiefs throughout the country.
Happy Holidays from the BFSPA!
Herman Boone, an Alexandria legend famous for being portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film “Remember The Titans” passed away just days ago at age 84.
“Discussing how he managed to successfully unite a team whose players started the year divided by race, Boone said in a 2017 speech, "I truly believe from the bottom of my heart that every team should have one heartbeat."
Boone, who was 84, died just seven months after the death of Bill Yoast, his friend and fellow coach at T.C. Williams High School.
Acting Fire Chief Corey Smedley has been appointed the permanent Fire Chief for the City of Alexandria Fire Department. Chief Smedley is the first permanent African American Fire Chief in department history. Congratulations Chief! We look forward to your continued leadership and support.
After a nationally competitive recruitment effort, City Manager Mark B. Jinks has appointed Corey A. Smedley as fire chief for the City of Alexandria, effective immediately. Chief Smedley, who has served as acting fire chief since the retirement of Robert C. Dubé in June, will be the first African ...
Special thank you to all of our sponsors that made the Thurston Mcclain Holiday Party a huge success. MCD Mateos, Velocity Bikes, InspireLit, NABNA and of course the BFSPA family. Happy Holidays!!!
Reminder: Tomorrow(12/7) is our annual holiday party. Come out and help us celebrate this special time of the year. We hope to bring tons of joy to our local youth!
Black Fire Service Professionals of Alexandria
In this sad time, the BFSPA would
like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Lieutenant Ashley Berry. To our brothers and sisters of the City of Richmond Fire Department, please be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of one of our members of the department Lt. Ashley Berry. Lt. Berry passed away on November 29, 2019 in Hopewell, VA. Lt. Berry was a valued member of our Fire Department family and the community as she served proudly since January 29, 2011. She was recently assigned to our Fire Marshals Office this year. She leaves behind three children, please keep LT Berry's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. She will be missed but never forgotten.
The City of Alexandria Fire Department is currently hiring! Please share!
JOIN OUR TEAM: Consider becoming a firefighter with the Alexandria Fire Department and work with people who are Dedicated to our Community, our Profession, and Each Other. Our application process is now open. Learn more about the recruitment process and apply here: https://www.alexandriava.gov/FireRecruitment
Congratulations to BFSPA member Karen Lopez on retirement from the Alexandria Fire Department after 19 years of service as a paramedic. Thank you for your dedication to our organization and department. We wish you success in all your future endeavors!
Funeral Arrangements for Ret. AFD Firefighter Willie Manning:
Location - Jefferson Funeral Chapel
Address - 5755 Castlewellan dr Alexandria VA 22315
Viewing - Friday November 29th 4PM-8PM
Funeral Service - Saturday November 30th 10AM
Phone - 703-971-7400
It is with deepest sorrow that the BFSPA must report the untimely death of one of our founding members; Willie Manning. Our sympathy and condolences go out to his family and friends. Arrangements have not been completed at this time. More information will follow once available. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
It’s that time of the year again! The annual Thurston McClain Holiday Party is less than a month away and we are looking for more children of all ages to attend. Please share! All are welcome!
Congratulations Chief Tiffany Green
History was made today as Tiffany Green officially became our Acting Fire Chief for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Chief Green is the first woman to serve as our County’s Fire Chief. Please join me in congratulating her as she takes on this new role to protect and serve the residents of Prince George’s! #PrinceGeorgesProud
Congratulations to Ricky Muse on his promotion to Lieutenant!
Lt. Muse is an esteemed 13yr member of the organization. He has served as our Vice President and AFD’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Thank you for your service to the organization and department. We wish him much success as he takes on his new position!
All positive vibes are welcomed!
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