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A way to boost first-responder safety

When a first responder enters a burning building, whether it’s an office building, warehouse, hospital or any other structure, there is immediately an array...
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Five Questions With: Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller | President, Providence City Council 1. You identify as a queer woman and are the first LGBTQ council president in city history. What...

RIPEC: R.I. total spending grew 16.1% from FY14-19

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s state and local governments outspent the national average in fiscal 2019, the latest year for which such data are available,...
FUTURE ASPIRATIONS: Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has had to deal with a recent spate of public safety issues in the city while also considering a run for governor in 2022. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fighting crime complicated by upcoming election

The wave of highly publicized crimes that has swept through Providence in recent months has prompted no shortage of calls for action, but looming...

Install safety protocols to protect against violent acts

It’s been more than two years since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The shooter killed 58 and...
THE FEMA disaster recovery centers set up in Westerly and Middletown after Hurricane Sandy will close permanently on Friday.

Feds grant $4.2M to R.I. fire departments

WARWICK – Following up on previous federal support for Rhode Island fire departments to  train, equip and recruit firefighters, the state’s congressional delegation announced...
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...
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...

Dartmouth police launch tip411 public-safety alert system

DARTMOUTH – The Dartmouth Police Department is launching its tip411 alert system to improve public communication and safety within the town, WLNE-TV ABC 6...
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