A new aerial ladder fire truck will join the Cranston Fire Department's force thanks to a $1 million grant the department received earlier this fall from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, as an effort to enhance public safety, according to Rhode Island’s congressional delegation. Fire Chief James Warren said the customized fire truck will be delivered in two years.
While supply chain issues have pushed the ladder truck’s arrival time back, Warren said Thursday that ladder fire trucks usually take 14 to 18 months to build since they are customized for departments. The new 100 -foot aerial ladder fire truck will replace a 20 -year old truck that the department has.
Drivers can often see Cranston’s fire trucks whizzing through the city on their way to emergencies.