BREAKING: No More Rescues to Prov. after Aug. 26, Mayors Announce
Mayors from Johnston, East Providence, and North Providence said this morning that they will prohibit their rescue crews from going into Providence after 60 days.
Mayor Bruce Rogers and two other area mayors announced this afternoon that they will stop providing rescue runs to Providence starting Aug. 26 after months of trying to reach another resolution.
During a press conference held at Johnston Municipal Court, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi said their communities have been providing what Lombardi called a "lopsided" number of rescue responses, and that they can no longer afford it.
East Providence sent 562 responses into Providence in 2011; Providence sent 44 to East Providence.
"Saying 'we don't have the money' is not the answer," Lombardi explained.
The three mayors called on Providence to add more rescue vehicles to its fleet to relieve the burden on their towns.
"I'm not the mayor of Providence," Polisena said. "My responsibility is to the taxpayers of the town of Johnston."
Watch for more from today's press conference, including video, later today on East Providence Patch.