- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Fire Department members have issued a report recommending the city make staffing changes following two large fires that left more than 10 firefighters injured.

The report first posted on WPRI-TV was prepared by the battalion chief and acting battalion chief. It suggests the fire department needs to increase the total number of firefighters in the city.

It also recommends returning to the department’s four-platoon system, which requires firefighters to work an average of 42 hours per week. Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration last year moved to a three-platoon system that added 14 hours to the average work week.

The report focused on a March fire that injured several firefighters, some with cyanide poisoning.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, who called for the report, says it’s incomplete and draws political conclusions.



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