The NYSAFC, Inc. is an active group of men and women from all areas of emergency services. Our membership benefits from a diverse mix of people with many beliefs.  Faith is essential to our operation. We are here to serve the Lord by serving people, both in times of crisis and in the day to day operations of emergency service organizations.

Our Members are an assortment of line officers, EMS providers, clergy, commissioners, laity, past chiefs, county coordinators, fire police, and administrators to name a few.  Gathering that experience we developed the first fire chaplains manual and offer annual and regional training opportunities specifically designed for fire chaplains.

As Chaplains we are available for banquets and installation ceremonies, memorial services and funerals, blessing apparatus and praying at meetings.  Active chaplains often visit hospitals and offer valuable support to the Chief and officers. Some of our chaplains are board certified counselors, and are trained in CATSM or CISM.

When emergency service personnel need help, they often turn to someone they know and trust for a listening ear.  The regular stressors of life, coupled with serving in emergency situations can bring exposure to innumerable tragedies that are difficult for anyone to handle.

We are available as needed, to assist in a LODD notification or to offer a retired member a ride to the annual picnic. Whether it is a joyous occasion like a wedding, or saying goodbye to a dear comrade, our members have been there and can offer assistance, kindness and a prayer.

Challenge Coin

The New York State Association of Fire Chaplains, Inc. is pleased to announce the establishment of a Challenge Coin fundraiser to benefit the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Each coin is engraved with the seal of the Fire Chaplains on one side and the statue from the memorial on the other side and will be available for $ 10.00. From every coin sold, $ 5.00 will be given to the Memorial Fund which will help offset the cost of the Memorial Service each October.


Chief Chaplain Ken Hessel states “This is a great example of the Chaplains Association working in partnership with the Memorial to continue to provide ongoing support to the men and women of this state who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities.

As of October 7, 2014 there are 2,390 names on the wall on the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The cast bronze statue was sculptured by Robert Eccleston of Schuyler Falls NY and dedicated on October 5, 1998.

Coins may be ordered through the Chaplains Website at nysafc.org or at Display Booth at Fire Police, Fire Chiefs, and FASNY Conventions.