Mu­nic­i­pal fire­fight­ing grants to­tal $2M

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Rhode Is­land's all-Demo­cratic con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion has an­nounced more than $2 mil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing to help North Kingstown and Bar­ring­ton hire and train new fire­fight­ers.

The law­mak­ers said Sat­ur­day that the di­rect fed­eral as­sis­tance will help both com­mu­ni­ties pay for two years of salaries and ben­e­fits for a to­tal of 13 new fire­fight­ers.

The North Kingstown Fire Depart­ment is plan­ning to use the $1.5 mil­lion fed­eral grant it re­ceived to hire nine full­time fire­fight­ers to staff the depart­ment's lad­der truck 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Bar­ring­ton Fire Depart­ment will use a nearly $533,000 fed­eral grant to help cover the salaries and ben­e­fits for four ad­di­tional fire­fight­ers for the first two years of their em­ploy­ment, and 35 per­cent of the salaries and ben­e­fits in the third year.

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