Region will share C.F.'s old ladder truck

Region will share C.F.'s old ladder truck

CUMBERLAND - A plan by area fire chiefs to purchase and share Central Falls' old Emergency-One 1993 ladder truck would be a big money-saver for Cumberland, Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay said this week.

Instead of maintaining two ladders in Cumberland, the town can sell one, and split five ways the cost of maintaining the back-up truck, he said. And the town's insurance rating won't be diminished, he said, as long as there is the back-up available.

The plan came about during a meeting of fire chiefs, Finlay said, when Central Falls Chief Robert Bradley said the city was purchasing a new ladder truck. Just $10,000 was offered in trade-in value for the old one, the chief there said, despite the city spending $65,000 in repairs on it just recently.

That's when chiefs of Lincoln, Smithfield, Woonsocket, as well as Cumberland and Central Falls decided to split the $10,000 cost and keep the truck, according to Finlay.

The truck will likely be stored in Cumberland's Valley Falls station, he said. It extends to 100 feet, while Cumberland's current ladders are 75 feet tall.

The chief told The Breeze he's thinking about putting both Cumberland ladders up for sale to see which sells first, either the 1993 Emergency-One ladder in Station 5, North Cumberland, or the 2000 Emergency-One in Valley Falls.

Also equipped with ladder trucks and sharing in the plan, in addition to Central Falls and Cumberland, are the Albion and Saylesville stations in Lincoln, Smithfield and Woonsocket, which has two.

Like Central Falls, Albion is purchasing a new one.

Most are the Emergency-One brand that firefighters in most of the departments are already trained for.

The chief says maintaining a ladder is expensive. For example, he said, a potential waterway seal repair on one of the Cumberland ladders will come with a $22,000 bill if it turns out to be needed.

Under the joint ownership plan, instead of buying six new tires, he said, Cumberland will pay for just one.

Finlay also announced that the Cumberland Fire District will be training using a mobile fire training simulator coming to the Smithfield Fire Department thanks to a $248,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program secured by U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. David Cicilline.

The Smithfield Fire Department will host the simulator and maintain it for the other communities that will share in its use - North Smithfield, Cumberland, Woonsocket and Albion.

This is a 50-plus-foot training vehicle that resembles a tractor trailer with built-in propane burners, smoke generators, and water pipes to teach firefighters to deal with a variety of emergency scenarios from explosions to cave-ins to various types of fires. It's able to create 200 disaster scenarios.

The cost to each community is about $3,500 the chief said.


Different sized tires cost different amounts of money. Who pays for the front tires and who pays for the rear tires???