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Barrington firefighters pose with some of the items they donated to Operation Strike The Box.

Barrington firefighters donate items to homeless children

Barrington firefighters donate items to homeless children

Barrington firefighters piled up some toys, socks and some winter gloves as they participated in Operation Strike The Box. The initiative was the brainchild of North Smithfield Dispatcher Dan Desmarais. After learning of the number of homeless children in Rhode Island — about 1,800 — he challenged fire departments around the state to “strike the box”


Man suffers traumatic injuries in Portsmouth accident

PORTSMOUTH — A male driver was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with “traumatic injuries” following a two-vehicle accident on Middle Road Thursday night. The Fire Department received several 911 calls reporting a serious accident in the area of 507 Middle Road at 10:11 p.m. Thursday, according to Deputy Fire Chief Michael P. O’Brien. Two ambulances and

Firefighter Dennis Canario, Jr., Firefighter Ethan Delaney and Lt. Brendan Martin (from left) try out the new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Portsmouth firefighters acquire improved breathing apparatus

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Fire Department has acquired new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that firefighters say represents a significant upgrade from their current inventory. The protective equipment was purchased with funds received from the FEMA “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” awarded to the department earlier this year, according to Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien. “The new units,


Reed, other dignitaries formally reopen East Providence Fire Station 1

EAST PROVIDENCE — The cold outside did little to chill the enthusiasm inside Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7, as several dignitaries, residents and firefighters gathered for the formal reopening of the East Providence Fire Department’s headquarters at Station 1 on Broadway. Acting City Manager Paul Lemont served as master of ceremonies, opening the day by lauding

Joanna Coppola, 86, displays her "safety rope," the Bristol Emergency Dialer pendant. 
Photos by Riochard W. Dionne Jr.

Bristol Emergency Dialer is a safety line for elderly, disabled

About six years ago, Joanna Coppola was checking books out at the Barrington Public Library when she hit the floor. “I was looking for my library card and the next thing I know this very cute man is standing over me asking me what I remembered last,” Mrs. Coppola said. “I didn’t know what he