Local News
Eyewitness Sports
Medical Coverage
Call For Action
More Details
What's On WPRI
What's On Fox
2 Minute Test Drive
Experts Online
Online Store
Chopper 12
Station Info

MARKETPLACE:  Auto | Jobs | People Search | Personals | Travel | Yellow Pages  January 7, 2005
Education | House & Home | Money | Pets | Recipes | Relationships | What's Next | More Topics...
The Investigators
Exclusive: Battle over public safety brewing between two mayors
Email to a Friend Printer Friendly Version  

A  public safety dispute brewing between the mayors of Providence and Cranston. Stephen Laffey of Cranston says his city can no longer afford to make hundreds of rescue runs for Providence.

And Providence Mayor David Ciclline says Laffey does not have a good understanding of the mutaul aid system between the communities.

There simply are not enough rescue vehicles in Providence to handle all the calls in the capital city. And surrounding communities make hundreds of runs for Providence under a mutual aid pact. But Mayor Laffey says Providence is abusing the system at the expense of its neighbors.

Cranston rescue vehicles made 545 runs into providence in the last fiscal year. While Providence made only 34 runs into Cranston. And Mayor Stephen Laffey says that's not mutual aid, it's a rip-off.

"So something has to be done about this. We cannot be funding Providence's problems. We do not want them funding our problems."

"I would say to mayor Laffey mutual aid is very important to all communities. That it is important that when there is a need for a rescue or for other emergency equipment that we all be willing to respond to neighboring communities no matter what the numbers are."  

Laffey says Cranston would never refuse to make a rescue run for Providence, but he insists that Ciciilline do something to correct the stiuation or cranston could start charging Providence a fee.

If we don't get a response, we'll have to put some ordinance in, maybe charging the city of Providence a differential over a certain percentage. Cicilline says Providence is buying a new rescue vehicle, but the real expense is manning the vehicle and that is a stcking point with the firefighters union.

The union says the city needs two new rescues and additional personnel. Providence's five rescue vehicles make more than 25,000 runs a year. The communities around providence are called into the city for rescue runs about 2,600 times a year. For example, Johnston and North Providence made almost 900 runs to Providence last year, while Providence made about 55 runs in return. But Johnston Mayor William Macera and North Providence Mayor Ralph Mollis say mutual aid is too important to jeopardize. They say they depend on Providence for major emergenccies.

And Cicilline says the numbers are not as bad as they seem.

"Every run is reimbursable. If it is not covered by insurance, then it's recoverable from the person transported. So cranston has that ability."

 Laffey says Cranston does not get reimbursed for many of the Providence runs because the people transported don't have insurance and they do not have the money to pay for the run. He and Cicilline have exchanged letters on the subject, but have yet to reach any solution.

"We all want to help each other and I want to help Providence, but the city of Cranston is strapped."  

Laffey says Cranston has severe fiscal problems and can no longer afford to subsidize Providence. He also says when his rescues are in providence his own community is at risk and has to call on others for help.

Local News
Police are looking for the thieves who stole a cab in Providence
Eyewitness News RSS Feeds
Try the very latest way to read Eyewitness News headlines. Never miss an important story!
A New Class of Cadets is Graduating
City by the Sea is Getting Money to Fight Crime
Rhode Island Governor Host Ball for Energy
Serial robber is hitting taxis in New Bedford
Councilors call for return of banished monument
Governor, First Lady, raise money for energy fund
Police recruits graduate from academy
Ethics panel considers tightening gift rules
National News  more» 
Tsunami Donations AP Poll
Police investigating after 10 students strip-searched
Astronauts who will fly on next shuttle say they're confident it will be safe
State Department's top security official to be replaced
Public T-V station in New Mexico pulls documentary funded by evangelical groups
High court agrees to review Arthur Andersen's conviction
Personal photo archive of World Trade Center coming to Web
Unidentified object falls from sky, spooks Roswell residents
Spector told police killing of actress was 'an accident'
Bush Commentator
Is Your Financial House in Order?
Take a look at your New Yearďż˝s resolution list. Is ďż˝make a budget,ďż˝ ďż˝save more money,ďż˝ or ďż˝start investingďż˝ on there? Click now for simple solutions.
Living With Diabetes
Part of living with Diabetes is managing it properly. A free Diabetes Health Organizer can help.
Send questions and comments about this website to the .
All content © Copyright 2004 WorldNow, WPRI, WNAC and Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.