Local officials honor past service and history of Fire District, usher in whole new beginning
EAST GREENWICH — When Nicholas Montville pinned the Captain’s badge on the coat of his father, Kenneth Montville, the look of pride and joy on the elder Montville’s face symbolized the tremendous excitement about the future he now has with the East Greenwich Fire Department.
However, he wasn’t the only one possessing that feeling.
The other firefighters were sharing that same joy.
In front of many friends, family and local government officials, the Town of East Greenwich extended the proverbial red carpet in formally welcoming the East Greenwich Fire Department Monday evening at Swift Community Center, marking the official change in the Town’s municipal government that had been in the works for close to a year.
Town Council President Michael Isaacs, as the emcee of the historic ceremony, spoke about how the East Greenwich Fire District was first formed in 1797 in response to the growth of the downtown area and provided the emergency services needed to keep residents safe from numerous emergencies.
In the 216 years since, Isaacs said that much has changed in East Greenwich and Rhode Island as a whole regarding the size and complexity of the government, which then led to the need for consolidation.
“East Greenwich has been a leader in this area,” Isaacs said. “This acquisition of the Fire District is a part of our effort for more efficient government.”
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