With regional approach, Tiverton shouldn’t need ladder truck

To the editor:

Does Tiverton really need a ladder truck for our fire department?

We have all heard the claim we need this million dollar piece of equipment for public safety. Sitting on the Budget Committee, I have listened to the testimony several times. Still, I am not convinced we need to buy one. I agree it is a handy piece of equipment and there are fires where one is needed. We currently receive help from other towns like Portsmouth and Fall River because of the mutual aid agreement .

Why I don’t agree we need to buy this truck: Mutual aid was designed so that every town doesn’t have to have every piece of equipment. The way I see it, each town in a coordinated effort has special equipment to aid where needed. We don’t need a ladder truck every 15 miles. We don’t need a hazmat team every 15 miles. We do need to work with other communities in a coordinated effor . Duplication is wasteful and we don’t have it to waste. So we should be working with other cities and towns in the area to ensure all bases are covered.

With half of our town not having fire hydrants we have purchased tanker trucks. When other towns call for help we send our public safety personnel and equipment. In return they do the same. We need to work toward regional fire districts with a cost efficient plan where each community is safe and taxes are not overly burdensome .

A regional fire district like I’ve seen in other states is a goal that needs to be realized here. Our town can do better with a coordinated effort.

Joe Sousa

Tiverton

4 Comments

  1. DAVETAXPREP said:

    JOE, WOULD NEED TO DISAGREE ON THAT, MUTAL AID WAS DESIGN FOR BACK UP AND EXTRA HELP, NOT TO BORROW FROM ANOTHER TOWN. THAT IS WHAT IS GOIONG ON IN PROVIDENCE WITH THEIR RESCUE MUTAL AID. THEY HAVE SEVERAL CALLS BACK TO BACK AND NEED TO CALL MUTAL AID, YET THEY CANT RETURN THE FAVOR. EVER HAD A CHIMNEY FIRE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SNOW STORM, IT IS MUCH EASIER TO ATTACK IT FROM AN ARIEAL LADDER THEN CLIMBING THE ROOM. BUT WHAT IF THE NEXT TOWN OVER LADDER TRUCK IS IN SERVICE TO ANOTHER FIRE. GUESS TIVERTON FIREMAN ARE CLIMBING THE ROOF. EACH TOWN SHOULD HAVE THE RITE EQUIPMENT BUT BE ABLE TO SHARE TO HELP OUT.

    • Joe Sousa said:

      Regional Fire Districts save money and provide the best service . We don’t need a ladder truck in every fire house . Proven time and time again around the country . County Government works fine and saves money . Only in RI do we waste so much.

  2. Transplant said:

    Why should another town’s taxpayers subsidize Tiverton for what its taxpayers are too cheap to buy? This is no different than Providence expecting it’s neighbors to provide the ambulances that the city itself refuses to buy.

    What guarantees do you have that another town’s trucks will be available when you need it and will get to the scene in time to help Tiverton’s firefighters safely do their jobs at the scene of an emergency? They have their own calls you know; ladder trucks don’t just sit around waiting to go out of town.

    Do you even know the purpose of having a ladder truck at a fire? Think maybe you should find out before you decide for everyone that Tiverton doesn’t “need” one?

  3. DAVETAXPREP said:

    agree with you transplant, every town should be equipped with both engines, rescue, and ladder tucks. somebody is looking to save a buck here.

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