Pawtucket - The communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding that would merge the Emergency Management Agencies from the two communities. This project would establish a two year cost-sharing, pilot program for Pawtucket and Central Falls. The two merged agencies would be responsible for maintaining not only day to day operations and disaster planning, but also managing emergency operations from one central Emergency Operations Center during a local or statewide declared state of emergency.
“This partnership between Pawtucket and Central Falls will increase public safety for the residents of our communities by improving response time, training and services,” stated Pawtucket’s Mayor, Donald R. Grebien. “Additionally, both of our communities will see increased savings and efficiency by merging the two agencies together. Through this partnership we are achieving a level of service neither of us could achieve on our own for a fraction of the cost,” continued Grebien.
“During my administration, the City of Central Falls has consistently found Mayor Grebien and the City of Pawtucket to be a great collaborator on cost saving consolidation initiatives like this,” said Mayor James Diossa. “Central Falls and Pawtucket have already achieved cost savings by consolidating our housing inspection department through a trial agreement. Our communities are leading the way on this front to the benefit of the taxpayers of our respective cities.”
Pawtucket Emergency Management Director, Norm Menard and Central Falls Director, Chief Robert Bradley, worked collaboratively on the process of exploring the merger of the two agencies. The process, which began about eighteen months ago, culminated with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Mayor Grebien and Mayor Diossa. Mayors Grebien and Diossa have also expressed interest in partnering with Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to stage shelter supplies at the facility in Pawtucket.
- Mayor Donald R. Grebien