Rhode Island State Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined Woonsocket officials to celebrate the addition of a new fire engine and safety equipment, purchased with the help of over $1 million in federal funds.
The Woonsocket Fire Department used $681,819 in federal funds to purchase a new aerial ladder truck and $377,055 in federal grants were used to purchase new safety gear.
“This new equipment is absolutely critical to firefighter safety and will enhance public safety in Woonsocket and surrounding communities,” Reed said.
The new truck will allow for better support for neighboring town fire departments. The truck features a 110-foot ladder and a “pre-piped waterway,” which can help firefighters save valuable time during emergencies.
The new safety gear includes 48 self-containing breathing apparatus with integrated thermal imaging cameras, new face pieces for each firefighter, two Rapid Intervention Packs and a new cascade air fill system.
“It’s the least we can do to make sure the first responders who put their lives on the line each day to protect the public have the tools to do their jobs safely and effectivley.” Whitehouse said.