PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Fifty people were delivered home safely to start the new year thanks to the Providence Fire Department.
For the second straight year, Providence Firefighters IAFF Local 799 offered free rides home to anyone in the city. The goal was to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
“Not only do we work here, but we care about Providence and the people that live here,” Union president Paul Doughty said. “It’s a way for us to give back in a safe and fun way to help those that are out celebrating enjoy the city of Providence, have a good time and then get home safely.”
Firefighter Rob Crellin volunteered his time and said his phone was ringing all night long.
“Most of the people we picked up were downtown,” he recalled. “We actually had some people that called before the ball dropped.”
Organizers say this year’s Safe Night program was so successful, they not only want to do it again next year, but they also want to expand it.
“We think next year we’ll probably go up to three vans since the response was so good this year,” said Crellin. “A lot of people that saw this on the news, including bartenders, shared it with their patrons. It was a huge success and we’d like to grow bigger next year.”
The van rental was paid for by the firefighters union.