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Norwood PTA, WFD Explore Adding Firefighters to Fire Watch Permanently

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick Public Schools administration offices are located at 34 Warwick Lake Ave.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Warwick Public Schools administration offices are located at 34 Warwick Lake Ave.
WARWICK, RI — On March 24, the School Department and Warwick Fire Department added firefighters to the fire watch plan in effect at Norwood and Holliman Elementary Schools since fire alarms at those schools broke Feb. 24, and the addition may become permanent, the Norwood PTA reported on its Facebook page Friday.

“Fire watches will include a written 3 page plan that will include a mandatory firefighter (this part is under legal review).”

The firefighters on fire watch were added following public outcry after the broken fire alarms at the schools were made public knowledge. Prior to that, school janitors handled the fire watch duties.

“Clearly, if it ever again becomes necessary to have a fire watch in our schools, we should have a trained firefighter performing the fire watch,” said Councilman Jeremy Rix said Friday.

Rix noted that trained firefighters on Fire Watch is not required by the current policy.

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 WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.