Providence fire recruit injured in fall at New Haven training academy

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Providence fire recruit was injured after falling from a building at a New Haven training facility Thursday.

According to our sister station WTNH, a New Haven Fire Department lieutenant confirmed that a recruit from the Providence Fire Department Training Academy fell from a building while training at the New Haven Regional Fire Training Academy at 230 Ella T. Grasso Blvd. 

Providence officials have identified the firefighter as Richard Rand. 

According to a spokeswoman, the firefighter's injuries are non-life threatening. 

A WTNH crew was told on scene that the firefighters were training on the "antiquated" pompier ladder when the fall occurred. 

According to Paul Doughty, president of the Providence Firefighters Union, the academy started Monday with approximately 80 recruits and Thursday was the first day at the Connecticut facility.

He said it's common to use another city's facilities and vice versa if they have different equipment.

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