Just days before Newport City Council is expected to make a decision on whether or not to accept the 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) Award for the procurement of a new CRBNE Fire/Rescue Boat (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive), a community nearby is reporting that 2016 has been the worst year they’ve had for boat fires, distress alarms and accidents on the water.

Kirsten Glavin for ABC 6 reports that the North Kingstown Fire Department has responded to 7 boat fires and 72 distress alarms already in 2016.

Portsmouth, Providence and North Kingstown are currently the only first responders on Narragansett Bay that have a boat with firefighting capabilities.

Newport City Council is expected to vote on the resolution to accept the grant at their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 24th.

More On This:

  1. August 16th – Video: Fire Boat Discussion at City Hall on Tuesday Night
  2. August 11th – Podcast: Chat with Congressman David Cicilline, Audio From Newport City Council’s Discussion on Fire Boat
  3. August 10th – Newport City Council Decides to Delay Vote on New Fire/Rescue Boat
  4. August 10th – Newport City Council Provided With Some Answers to Questions Regarding Controversial Fire Boat
  5. August 9th – Letter To The Editor: Politics Trumps Questions – Approval of Fire Boat Expected
  6. August 8th – Podcast: Made In Newport, Fire Boat, Newport Gulls and More…
  7. August 7th – Editorial: Residents Right To Be Concerned About Purchase of New Fire Boat
  8. August 6th – Poll: Should The City Of Newport Acquire New $1 Million Fire and Rescue Boat?

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