Kingston Fire District to announce $204,000 in grants to stimulate recruitment, fund personal protection equipment

A key goal is to attract more URI student volunteers

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHAT: Kingston Fire District awarded $168,100 federal grant for recruitment; $36,000 federal grant for personal protection equipment. One goal of recruitment grant is to attract more University of Rhode Island students to the volunteer force. First year of grant resulted in jump from two to six recruits. Incentives include tuition assistance, training support. The equipment grant will pay for turnout gear–coats and pants with thermal protection, for new members.

WHO: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Congressman Jim Langevin, Rhode Island Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, Rhode Island Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty, Rhode Island Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee, Rhode Island Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi, URI Vice Presidents Kathy Collins and Abigail Rider, URI Assistant Vice President for Business Services J. Vernon Wyman, URI Director of  Public Safety Stephen Baker, URI Director of Health Services Ellen Reynolds, Kingston Fire Chief Nate Barrington, department firefighters and Kingston Fire District Board of Wardens.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct, 30, 2018, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Kingston Fire Department, 35 Bills Road Kingston, adjacent to URI’s Kingston Campus.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS:: Contact Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862.