Rhode Island News

Friday, January 27, 2023

Fire breaks out in Pawtucket home

Firefighters in Pawtucket are working to determine what caused a house fire early Thursday morning. Crews responded to a home on Drolet Avenue around 3:30 a.m. for a basement fire. One man was found in the driveway suffering from smoke inhalation. No word on his condition at this time. The two people that lived there have been displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

Firefighters, police aided in extinguishing garage fire in Richmond

Firefighters and local police are being praised for swift action that prevented injuries and helped to contain and extinguish a Wednesday morning fire in a two-story garage at a home off Punchbowl Trail. Members of the Richmond-Carolina Fire Department, with mutual aid from the Hope Valley-Wyoming, Charlestown, Ashaway, Union and Exeter fire departments and officers with the Richmond Police Department, responded to a large fire along Punchbowl Trail reported shortly before 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Richmond Fire Chief Scott Barber said that in this case, police deserve added praise after taking command of the scene. “Upon arrival, the first arriving police officer assisted in accounting for the residents, then assisted first-arriving fire apparatus by pulling hose and stretching a feeder line,” Barber said in a Facebook post.
Westerly Sun

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Warwick firefighters may not have been highest paid in 2021

Depending on what’s included in the calculation, Warwick firefighters may not have had the highest average wage of firefighters in Rhode Island in 2021. That’s the conclusion of City Finance Director Peder Schaefer reached after reviewing what went into the report prepared by the Rhode Island Expenditure Council and reported in last Thursday’s Beacon. The report found Warwick firefighters were paid an average of $95,207 as compared to East Greenwich, the second highest paid firefighters at $86,798. Cranston firefighters made an average of $71,550. In a letter dated Jan. 24 to Mayor Frank Picozzi, Schaefer says RIPEC’s calculations are consistent with the information the city provided for Fiscal Year 2021. “$17.3 million in compensation divided by 182 firefighters equals $95,207.”
Warwick Beacon - Metered Site

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