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Firefighters, politicians pan proposed district

April 4, 2014

CCFD Chief Andy Baynes testifies before the House Committee yesterday at the state house. Kendra Leigh Miller. Daily Times.

PROVIDENCE – It was a general consensus during Thursday’s hearing before the House Committee on Municipal Government that the bill submitted by Representatives Patricia Morgan and Michael Chippendale— that seeks approval to form a new fire district—is a bad idea and plenty of testimony was provided to back that up.

“If Central is not here, the delicate balance in town will be altered in a tragic way,” stated Central Coventry Fire Chief Andrew Baynes as he reluctantly testified. “”Each district relies upon the other and if you remove the largest district – two engines, two rescues, eight people – it would have a disastrous effect.”

In the bill, H7906, would serve as the new charter and would allow the district to make necessary decisions.

The new district would be called the Coventry Main Fire District.

According to Morgan, there are already 16 people, currently fire fighters in other districts, who are interested in being fire fighters in the new district and already someone who could be the fire chief.

According to her estimates, operations are expected to be $235,000 per month.

The proposal would be to seek funds for four months ($940,000) because four months are necessary to seek budget approval from the voters, process and send bills and receive first-quarter payments.

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