EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Fire Academy has unveiled a new fire engine that will help train the next generation of firefighters.
The new engine is a state-of-the-art E-ONE Custom Pumper. It will replaced a 1982 model currently used by the academy.
85% of the $350,000 cost for the truck is being paid for through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The state is paying the remaining 15%, which comes out to $52,500.
“The technology and training that goes on here is critical to public safety,” Sen. Jack Reed said. “This new truck will help ensure that the Rhode Island Fire Academy has the right equipment to fulfill its training needs.”
The pumper truck was manufactured by E-ONE in Ocala, Florida.