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How do I become a member of the Newport Fire Department?

The Newport Fire Department conducts tests for prospective firefighters every two (2) years. The testing process consists of a written test, a physical ability test, a complete physical examination, an oral board and a psychological test.

Candidates are ranked by their performance. Candidates must be eighteen (18) years of age, possess a valid Rhode Island drivers license and have a high school diploma or GED.

To receive notification as to when the next test is being held, please contact the Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Daryl Kolator's office at (401) 845-5444 or by email to dkolator@cityofnewport.com.


I am selling my house and I need a smoke detector inspection. Who do I call?

Call the Fire Prevention office at (401) 845-5922 or you may email fire prevention Capt. Kevin Garcia at kjgarcia@cityofnewport.com.

The Fire Prevention Captain will schedule an inspection date and answer any questions that you may have.


I have had a fire and need a fire report. How do I get this report?

To obtain a fire report please send a written request, including the property address and date of the fire, a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $5.00 made out to the City of Newport to:

Newport Fire Department
Attn: Fire Prevention
21 West Marlborough Street
Newport, RI 02840

A report may also be picked up in person at the above address. If you need more information please contact Fire Marshal Wayne Clark at (401) 845-5913 or email at wclark@cityofnewport.com 


How do I obtain a rescue report?

To obtain a rescue report, contact Captain Paul Faerber at (401) 845-5914 or email at pfaerber@cityofnewport.com

Reports will be provided to an individual, with proper identification, or to another party who has a signed release form. A $5.00 fee is required for each report.


I have a fire safety system(s) in my building. How often do they need to be tested?

  • RILSC 9.6.11.1 states: All fire alarm systems shall be tested at least once every three (3) months with twenty-five percent (25%) of all initiating devices operated with each test. A different twenty-five percent (25%) of the above-mentioned devices will be operated at each inspection so that the entire system will have been tested at the end of a twelve (12) months period as per NFPA 72.

Exception: RILSC 9.6.11.2 states: fire alarm systems with twenty-four (24) or less initiating devices shall be tested at least once every six (6) months with fifty percent (50%) of all initiating devices operated with each test so that the entire system will have been tested at the end of a twelve (12) months period as per NFPA 72. Records shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 72, RILSC 9.6.11.3 & RILSC 9.6.11.4 and a copy of the test report should be forwarded to the Office of Fire Prevention at the address listed below.

 

  • Commercial cooking suppression systems (Ansul type systems over cooking areas) must be tested twice a year. Records shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 17 & NFPA 17A 2009 edition, and a copy of the test report should be forwarded to the Office of Fire Prevention at the address listed below.

 

  • Sprinkler systems shall be tested and maintained in accordance with NFPA 25 and a copy of the test report shall be forwarded to the Office of Fire Prevention at the address listed below.

  

Please mail test reports to:

Newport Fire Department
Attn: Fire Prevention
21 West Marlborough Street
Newport, RI 02840

 


I have questions regarding my fire protection system. Who should I contact?

Fire Alarm questions, please contact the Superintendent of Fire Alarm Steven LaCroix at (401) 845-5916

Sprinkler system questions, please contact the Lieutenant Robert Dufault at (401) 845-5920

Kitchen cooking hood suppression systems, please contact Capt. Kevin Garcia at (401) 845-5922

 


Why am I being billed for Emergency Medical Services?

The Newport Fire Department is pleased to offer emergency medical and transport services to Newport's citizens and visitors. This service is not supported fully through taxes. Direct costs are a reimbursable service, payable through insurance, by those who require its use. Citizens of Newport who do not have insurance coverage will not be billed.

The City has billed for these services for over a decade. On May 1, 2005, the City contracted with Comstar, Inc. of Rawley, MA to perform billing services on behalf of its ambulance service. As a result, patients may occasionally be contacted directly in order for Comstar to properly submit insurance claims. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact either Paul Faerber by phone (401) 845-5914 or by email at pfaerber@cityofnewport.com or Elizabeth Sceppa by phone (401) 845-5392 or by email at esceppa@cityofnewport.com

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