Fire & Rescue

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How do I become a member of the Newport Fire Department?

The Newport Fire Department conducts tests for prospective firefighters every two (2) years. The testing process consists of a written test, a physical ability test, a complete physical examination, an oral board and a psychological test.

Candidates are ranked by their performance. Candidates must be eighteen (18) years of age, possess a valid Rhode Island drivers license and have a high school diploma or GED.

To receive notification as to when the next test is being held, please contact the Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Daryl Kolator's office at (401) 845-5444 or by email to

I have had a fire and need a fire report. How do I get this report?

To obtain a fire report please send a written request, including the property address and date of the fire, a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for $5.00 made out to the City of Newport to:

Newport Fire Department
Attn: Fire Prevention
21 West Marlborough Street
Newport RI 02840

A report may also be picked up in person at the above address. If you need more information please contact Fire Marshal Wayne Clark at (401) 845-5913 or by email at 

How do I obtain a rescue report?

To obtain a rescue report, contact Captain Paul Faerber at (401) 845-5914 or by email at

Reports will be provided to an individual, with proper identification, or to another party who has a signed release form. A $5.00 fee is required for each report.

Why am I being billed for Emergency Medical Services?

The Newport Fire Department is pleased to offer Emergency Medical and transport services to Newport's citizens and visitors. This service is not supported fully through taxes. Direct costs are a reimbursable service, payable through insurance, by those who require its use. Citizens of Newport who do not have insurance coverage will not be billed.

The City has billed for these services for over a decade. On May 1, 2005, the City contracted with Comstar, Inc. of Rawley, MA to perform billing services on behalf of its ambulance service. As a result, patients may occasionally be contacted directly in order for Comstar to properly submit insurance claims. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact either Captain Paul Faerber by phone (401) 845-5914 or by email at or Elizabeth Sceppa by phone (401) 845-5392 or by email at