2006-12-28 / News

Year in Review

Fire department now on the water

Although many are not aware of the extent of the services offered by volunteers of the Jamestown Fire Department, rest assured, they do much more than squirt water on fires and rescue cats from trees.

“Since the beginning, I guess we’ve offered special services that people don’t know much about,” said Fire Chief Jim Bryer in July.

“The special service teams became more apparent in the last year because so much depends on increasing local needs that must be fulfilled,” he said.

“For instance, the U.S. Coast Guard is busy with Homeland Security and isn’t as involved in rescue operations at sea as they once were. Consequently, our rescue boat has been vital to local residents and visitors to the bay. We cover Jamestown waters from Prudence Island in the north to about halfway to Block Island in the south and everything in between,” he said.

“Over the years, firefighting has evolved to much more than putting out fires. Department members are continually training, studying, and learning to give the community the best services possible,” Bryer added.

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