East Providence Fire Department hosts open house, holds promotion ceremony


EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Fire Department plans two significant events in the coming days.

The EPFD will host an open house Sunday, June 22, at the renovated Station No. 4 located on Wampanoag Trail. The event, where the public is welcome, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Guests are free to tour the remodeled building. Light refreshments will be served. Among the dignitaries expected to attend are U.S. Senator Jack Reed, instrumental in gaining funding for the project that also includes an update to Station 1 on South Broadway, as well as local and state elected officials.

On Tuesday evening, June 24, the EPFD conducts a promotion ceremony in the Council chamber at City Hall. Eight firefighters will be recognized include Battalion Chief David Rave, Captains Michael O'Melia and Frank Ialongo, and Lieutenants Scott Weber, Douglas Drainville, Roderick Davol, William Bailey III and Joseph DaSilva. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.


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