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CRANSTON MAYOR ALLAN W. FUNG thanked Rhode Island's congressional delegation for its help in securing funding to help hire and retain 15 firefighter going forward. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

FEMA grants $2.7 million to Cranston for more firefighters

PROVIDENCE – Cranston’s fire department is receiving $2.7 million in federal grants to help add 15 firefighters to its staff. The Staffing for Adequate Fire...

Reed announces $170K to R.I. to improve dam safety

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $169,542 in federal dam-safety grant funding to rehabilitate, repair or remove high-hazard potential dams, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.,...
FIVE FIRE DEPARTMENTS in Rhode Island were granted $1.2 million from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

5 R.I. fire departments receive $1.2M in grants for training, equipment

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island fire departments will receive a total of $1.2 million in federal grants for training and equipment, the state’s congressional...
U.S. SEN. JACK REED, D-R.I., announced with other members of the Ocean State's congressional delegation that the Narragansett and West Warwick fire departments will receive a combined $289,720 from federal programs to train personnel and purchase equipment. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JOSHUA ROBERTS

Narragansett, West Warwick fire departments receive $289.7K for training, equipment

PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett and West Warwick Fire departments will receive a combined $289,720 in federal funding for training and equipment, U.S. Sens. Jack...
AN AMENDMENT TO flood-prone area zoning laws related to the elevation of homes above flooding projections has reined in potential massive height variances for new homes. It is expected to result in more-resilient homes being built in Rhode Island. This home in North Kingstown along Narragansett Bay was built with the idea that flood waters could flow through the bottom floors without disturbing living space above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Legislation alters flood-area zoning height exemptions

PROVIDENCE – Among the bills signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo following the most recent legislative session, one included a zoning ordinance...
FEMA WILL tie insurance premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program to the actual flood risk facing individual homes nationwide starting in October 2020. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Climate advocates cheer Trump policy shift on flood insurance

NEW YORK - Climate advocates say an overhaul of the nation’s flood insurance program being unveiled by the Trump administration will spur communities around...
THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY has approved a joint multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan proposed by Pawtucket and Central Falls. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JASON JANIK

FEMA approves joint Pawtucket-Centrall Falls hazard mitigation plan

PAWTUCKET – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a Pawtucket-Central Falls multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan, the two municipalities announced Friday. The plan is the...
THE R.I. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION announced $382,728 in federal grant money for the Johnston and Smithfield Fire Departments. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Johnston and Smithfield Fire Departments receive $383K in federal funds for...

PROVIDENCE – The Johnston and Smithfield Fire Departments will receive a combined $382,728 in federal grants to upgrade essential equipment, the state congressional delegation...
THE R.I. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION has announced $3.8 million in funding for four Rhode Island fire departments to hire and train 28 new recruits. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

R.I. congressional delegation announces $3.8M for R.I. firefighter hiring and training

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. congressional delegation announced $3.8 million in federal funds to help local fire departments hire 28 new firefighters and to enhance...
THE PROVIDENCE FIRE DEPARTMENT has received $993,309 from the federal government for additional training for 173 officers. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Providence Fire Department receives $993,309 in federal funds

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Fire Department has received $993,309 in federal funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters grant, Rhode Island’s...

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