Senator Reed joined Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian in announcing $949,549 in federal funding for the Warwick Fire Department. This federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) will allow Warwick firefighters to complete specialized rescue training and gain technical expertise aimed at better preparing them for a variety of emergencies such as potential building collapses or other industrial accidents. This marks the second major AFG award Warwick has received over the last year.
The City of Warwick has a number of large-scale construction projects -- including the expansion of the runway at T.F. Green Airport, transportation infrastructure projects, improvements to public facilities, and wind turbine projects. The Warwick Fire Department applied for the competitive AFG award to help offset the cost of training their firefighters on specific emergency response techniques, such as trench rescue, which involves excavating or rescuing individuals who have become trapped beneath the surface. The courses also cover other specialized areas, and can help firefighters update their skills and learn new techniques in rope rescue, confined space, swift water, vehicle, machinery, structural collapse, and tower scenarios.
“I commend the Warwick Fire Department for winning this grant to enhance their rescue capabilities and better serve the public. Firefighters do so much more than just fight fires and these federal dollars will help ensure they have the specialized training they need to effectively respond to a variety of search and rescue incidents,” said Senator Reed, who supported the Department’s application for the grant funding in a letter to FEMA.
Senator Reed joined with Curt Spalding, the Regional Administrator of the EPA, along with Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien, the Congressional Delegation, and environmental leaders, to announce the awarding approximately $1.32 million in Brownfield Assessment, Job Training and Cleanup Grant funding to municipalities and organizations across the state of Rhode Island.
These federal EPA Brownfield grants provide communities with funding necessary to assess, clean up and ultimately redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment.
“I am pleased to have secured federal brownfield funding to help communities throughout the state unlock local redevelopment opportunities and restore these sites to productive use,” said Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees federal funding for EPA programs. In 2002, Reed helped pass legislation making this federal funding possible. “Not only will this federal investment help protect public health and the environment, but it will also allow communities to work in partnership to revitalize these sites and strengthen the local economy.”
Senator Reed joined representatives from Deepwater Wind, Blount Boats and Rhode Island Fast Ferry, and other elected officials to celebrate the construction of a new support vessel to service the Block Island Wind Farm project.
The support vessel is now under construction at Blount Boats’ Warren shipyard, where approximately 70 Rhode Islanders are working to build the 70-foot catamaran, the first of its kind in the United States. The ship is scheduled to be put into service by the spring of 2016.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry’s Atlantic Wind Transfers contracted with Blount Boats to build the vessel locally and will provide crew and equipment support during the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm. Once the wind farm is up and running, Rhode Island Fast Ferry will provide operations and maintenance support for the next 20 years.
The Block Island Wind Farm is the first offshore wind farm in construction in the United States.
Seeking to spread the word on skin cancer prevention and detection, U.S. Senator Jack Reed teamed up with the Rhode Island Department of Health, The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, and other medical professionals to promote the 2015 SunSmarts campaign, which offers free skin cancer screenings at local beaches around the state.
The campaign brings together public health officials, doctors, and dermatologists who are volunteering their time and expertise to offer free skin cancer screenings for beachgoers and to help educate the public about effective sun protection.
Conducted in a private setting by board certified dermatologists and dermatology residents affiliated with University Dermatology, the free skin cancer screenings include a visual inspection of a patient’s skin by a medical professional with no blood work required. A typical screening takes about 15 minutes and officials hope to screen about 500 beach goers.
The first come, first served screenings -- which have been taking place at selected beaches throughout the summer -- will be offered at Roger Wheeler Beach (Sand Hill Cove Beach) in Narragansett today, and later this month at Misquamicut Beach in Westerly (August 21).
Marking the 225th anniversary of the United States Coast Guard, Senator Reed climbed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle in Newport and spent the morning sailing with the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Following the sail, Senator Reed helped unveil a new "forever" postage stamp commemorating the 225th anniversary of the USCG.
Senator Reed visited the Coventry Summer Recreation Program to learn about their innovative efforts to instill safe sun practices in campers at a young age.
The summer camp run by the Coventry Recreation Department has implemented a successful skin cancer prevention program that encourages campers to properly apply and re-apply sunscreen every two hours between 10:00 a.m. and 3 p.m., and throughout the day as needed.
Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer, with more than 3.5 million skin cancers in over 2 million people diagnosed annually. Reed has made skin cancer prevention efforts a priority in Congress.
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