New training facility for firefighters across northern Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Firefighters across Rhode Island now have a new training center.
The new training center is located near the Smithfield Fire Department.
“Fortunately, the number of fires is down. But that means our skills can get rusty, explained Smithfield Fire Chief Robert Seltzer. “This new facility will have real heat, real fire and real smoke, which will provide invaluable training for our firefighters.”
The training center will be used by 11 fire departments in northern Rhode Island.
On Friday, lawmakers presented a $50,000 legislative grant to the Greater Woonsocket Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Association. Sen. Jack Reed secured an additional $45,454.55 FEMA grant for the training center. Local departments made up the $15,545.45 of remaining costs. The total cost of the project was $111,000.