The Providence Fire Department Â has been systematically destroyed since the day I started in 1991. A succession of mayoral administrations have nickel and dimed the members, raided our pension system to fund the general fund that has been depleted with raises for city hall employees and various programs. Our fire stations are rat infested, dilapidated Â dumps without adequate fire Â protection,Â our apparatus Â is ancient and often out of service, just this weekend both Tower Ladder 1 and Tower Ladder 2 were not functioning, with Ladder 6 operating with a retired Boston Fire Department hand me down.
The firefighters are being forced to work mandatory Â overtime as our ranks have depleted due to failure to process a training academy to fill vacancies and the most unbelievable Â of all – we have zero command staff. No Chief. No Assistant Chief. No Safety Chief. No EMS Chief. No Chiefs at all at headquarters. No leadership, no nothing but politically appointed retired State Police staff.
It’s an absolute disgrace.
Tom Kenney explains it better here;