20 New Firefighters Join EPFD
(Over 300 Applicants)
The 35th East Providence Fire Department Training Academy held its Graduation Ceremony on August 23, 2022. Twenty new firefighters were added to the department from an original applicant pool of 300. Included in the class were 4 women or 20% of the class – the highest ever for an East Providence fire training class. “I am very proud to see the diversity in this great class,” Rhode Island Lt. Governor Sabina Matos told the graduating class. The Lt. Governor was joined by Mayor Bob DaSilva and City Councilman-at-large Bob Rodericks in the audience. Police Chief Chris Franseconi and fire officials from the state and other communities were present along with family and friends of the class.
The newest members of the fire department are: Christopher J. Arruda, Jared C. Averill, Anna Cappelli, Kyle A. Carpenter, Leonardo A. Cepeda, Joel A. Delgado, Katherine H. Dumas, James D. Farless, Colin J. Ford, Melissa B. Gieck, Duncan M. Hamiton, Tyler J. Harris, Richard B. Hoey, Ian C. Loveall, Daniel W. Mallette, Brian C. Masse, Ryan W. McNeill, Andres, E. Perez, Jerry L. Sullivan and Erica L. Vincent.
The class completed twenty weeks of intense training at the Rhode Island Fire Service Academy in Exeter, RI and then a separate training within East Providence. “Congratulations and welcome to East Providence, where we have a well trained and community supported department,” Chief Glenn Quick told the class. “The Department was organized in 1875, with the first paid members starting in 1911. We made the transition directly from hand-pulled to motorized apparatus and now feature a fully equipped department meeting the needs of a great community.”
The new probationary firefighters will bring the department up to full staffing. “These appointments will fill current and upcoming vacancies and will reduce our overtime,” said Chief Quick.
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