UPDATED: Mayor Set Deadline to Shut Off Mutual Aid to Providence
Mayors from Johnston, North Providence and East Providence intended to stop mutual aid to Providence by Sunday, Aug. 26.
Editor's note: Fire Chief Joseph Klucznik said as of Monday, the city manager has not instructed him to shut off mutual aid service to Providence. It continues until further notice.
As of midnight, Aug. 26, the City of East Providence no longer intends to provides rescue service to Providence, according to a testimony from Mayor Bruce Rogers at a June press conference.
Mayor Bruce Rogers of East Providence and Mayors Joseph Polisena of Johnston and Charles Lombardi of North Providence had set the deadline at a press conference in June, after they said their requests for reimbursement from Providence went unanswered.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras told WPRI-TV this week that officials in the city intend to "continue to respond to all emergencies in our city... [and] help other cities and towns," the station reported on its website.
Rogers, Polisena, and Lombardi had been seeking $500 each for rescue runs to Providence that are not covered by patients' health insurance — part of the overall cost of nearly $1,000 charged by the communities.