Posted on Leave a comment

Council Considers New Rescue Trucks Friday


[CREDIT: Rob Borklowski] Warwick teacher vaccination clinics, including public, private parochial staff and licensed child care workers, starts March 13.
[CREDIT: Rob Borklowski] Warwick teacher vaccination clinics, including public, private parochial staff and licensed child care workers, starts March 13.
WARWICK, RI — The City’s in dire need of three new rescue trucks, but Greenwood Emergency Vehicles in North Attleboro will hold three till Monday, so the City Council will meet Friday, 5 p.m., to vote on the $888,722 purchase.

City Council President Stephen McAllister said Mayor Frank Picozzi made an agreement with the supplier to hold the trucks long enough for them to make a quick purchase,  solving Warwick’s reliance on the unreliable rescue fleet. The situation has often prompted Warwick to borrow from East Greenwich and Cranston. But such vehicles are in high demand, and the waiting time for delivery is up to a year.

“So we had to do the meeting Friday,” said Warwick City Council President Stephen McAllister. “The Mayor will be presenting this bid to the council on Friday himself. I give the Mayor a lot of credit. Since this is an emergency he could have purchased these rescues without the council but he feels it is important the Council and the residents of the City have all the information on why we are buying them at this time. If we were to go through the regular process it could take over a year for delivery. So we called a special meeting. Public safety is a top priority for the entire council and the Mayor,” McAllister said.

The situation was underlined this weekend when a WFD rescue broke down while  trying to bring a resident to the hospital, McAllister said.

“The time is well past due to buy new reliable trucks,” he said.

“The proposed contract says “30 days” from the date of 4/5/21, so, I would imagine that the quick Council meeting is to ensure that the Administration has enough time to move forward with the closing after it receives authority from the Council,” said City Councilman Jeremy Rix.

According to a memo on the issue from WFD Chief Peter McMichael, the unreliability of the current rescue trucks makes the situation urgent.

Also, “There is currently a twelve month wait for delivery of rescue vehicles from the time of order, which has caused a large demand for in-stock units. Greenwood Emergency Vehicles has two units available for delivery in June and one in July. I have performed extensive research on the rescue units and have had discussions with the repair division an d have determined that it is in the best interest of the City to claim the two units to secure and expedite the delivery,” McMichael said.

The special meeting will be held via zoom teleconference:

You may access or participate in the meeting using the Zoom Application on a smart device or on a PC via the Web at and clicking on JOIN A MEETING in the upper right of the page. Webinar ID: 978 8786 9794.

Anyone wanting to participate via telephone only, may call one of the following numbers:

Non-Toll Free Numbers: (While most mobile phone carriers do not place an extra charge on customers for Toll Calls, it is up to you to check with your carrier concerning potential charges you would be responsible for.)

US: 1 646 558 8656

US: 1 301 715 8592

US: 1 312 626 6799

US: 1 669 900 9128

US: 1 253 215 8782

US: 1 346 248 7799

Toll Free Numbers from anywhere in the US:

US: 1 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

US: 1 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)

US: 1 833 548 0276 (Toll Free)

US: 1 833 548 0282 (Toll Free)

*** Please note: if you experience trouble connecting via a Toll Free Number, please try the next number on the list

You will then need to punch in the Webinar ID 978 8786 9794 on your touchtone keypad. While everyone joining the meeting will be muted, if at the appropriate time during the proceedings you wish to ask a question, you may: If using a smart phone or a PC – click on the “Raise Hand” icon. The meeting moderator will then ask for the participant having raised their hand to be unmuted. After the question, answer, and any further discussion, the participant will be muted again and will need to click on the Raise Hand icon or punch in *9 to ask another question.

If phoning in – punch *9 on the touchtone keypad. The moderator will indicate when it is your turn to comment/ask a question

04-09-2021 Special Hearing Agenda

Bid Package Special Meeting 4-9-2021

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

This is a test