Region Plans to Share Central Falls (RI) Fire Apparatus

A plan by area fire chiefs to purchase and share Central Falls’ old Emergency-One 1993 ladder truck would be a big money-saver for Cumberland, Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay said this week.

Instead of maintaining two ladders in Cumberland, the town can sell one, and split five ways the cost of maintaining the back-up truck, he said. And the town’s insurance rating won’t be diminished, he said, as long as there is the back-up available.

The plan came about during a meeting of fire chiefs, Finlay said, when Central Falls Chief Robert Bradley said the city was purchasing a new ladder truck. Just $10,000 was offered in trade-in value for the old one, the chief there said, despite the city spending $65,000 in repairs on it just recently.

That’s when chiefs of Lincoln, Smithfield, Woonsocket, as well as Cumberland and Central Falls decided to split the $10,000 cost and keep the truck, according to Finlay.

The truck will likely be stored in Cumberland’s Valley Falls station, he said. It extends to 100 feet, while Cumberland’s current ladders are 75 feet tall.

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