The East Providence Fire Department is a full-time career department that protects some 50,000 residents in an area of 16.5 square miles. The main operating frequency is 470.7625 mgh, and the fire-ground frequency is 470.5870, under the FCC identification of KCB 723. The department responds to approximately 12,000 calls annually and holds an ISO Class 2 rating. The city borders the City of Pawtucket, RI to the north, Town of Barrington, RI to the south, Town of Seekonk, MA to the east, and the Capital City of Providence, RI to the west.
The department is led by Chief Glenn J. Quick who was appointed in November 2019. Chief Quick is a 32 year veteran of the department and a 43 veteran of the fire service.
The department was organized in 1875, with the first paid members starting in 1911. The department never used horse drawn equipment, making the transition directly from hand-pulled to motorized apparatus. Manning levels grew to 135 members in the late 1960's and has since been scaled back to the present day 120 members. With the exception of the Chief of the Department, all personnel are members of Local 850, International Association of Firefighters.
The department is divided into two divisions; staff and line.
Staff personnel include the Chief of Department, 1 Administrative Assistant, 1 Fire Prevention Secretary, 2 Fire Prevention Officers,
2 Training / Incident Safety Officers, 1 Director of Emergency Medical Services and 1 Superintendent of Fire Alarms.
Line personnel are divided into four groups, with each group rotating through a 48 hour work week of two ten-hour days, two fourteen-hour nights, followed by four days off.
All Personnel are certified NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II and Hazardous Materials Operations level. Emergency Medical Technicians are certified to the Advanced, Cardiac or Paramedic level. All Fire Officers are certified NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I and 1041 Fire Service Instructor. The department operates a state regional Haz-Mat Team and a state regional Technical Rescue Team with members holding technician level certifications for each team.
Four fire stations are strategically located throughout the city, housing 1 Battalion Chief, 5 Engine Companies, 2 Ladder Companies, 3 ALS Rescues, 1 Special Hazards (Heavy Rescue) Truck and 1 Hazardous Materials Truck. The Special Hazards and Hazardous Materials Truck are cross-manned by members of Stations 1 & 3 as tag-along pieces. All Engine and Ladder Companies are state certified ALS response units and are equipped with a thermal imaging camera. The department maintains 1 Engine Company, 1 Ladder Company and 3 ALS Rescues in reserve status.
Minimum manning for in-service apparatus is:
Battalion 1: 1 Chief Officer.
Engine Companies: 1 Officer, 2 Firefighters.
Ladder Companies: 1 Officer, 1 Firefighter.
Rescue Companies: 1 Officer and 1 EMT-Cardiacs or Paramedics or 2 EMT-Cardiacs or Paramedics.
The department operates three marine units; Zodiac 2, Zodiac 3 and Marine 3. These units are cross-manned by Engine and/or Ladder Company personnel and protect 14.4 miles of shore line along the upper Narragansett Bay, Seekonk, and Providence Rivers. Zodiacs 2 & 3 are 16' & 18' inflatable boats and are located at Stations 2 and Station 3. Marine 3 is a 34' Fire/Rescue Marine unit and is in the water 24/7. Marine 3 is one of four Marine Units that responds as part of the Port of Providence Marine Strike Team (PPMST).
These fire and rescue companies provide protection to a diverse mix of residential, commercial, light and heavy industriay, Muti-unit aparment complexes, 9 high-Rise apartment buildings, 1 Childrens Hospital, and 2 Petrolium Storage Facilities. The city is also home to WPRI TV Channel 12, a Fox affiliated broadcasting station. Inter-state Route 195 traverses the center of the city and is a major thruway for eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.