Our Many and Varied Services
Hopkins Hill Fire District and Fire Department provide the services listed here, some of which may be surprising.
Fire Hydrant Rental and Maintenance
The Fire District is responsible for the costs incurred for these expenses the Hopkins Hill Fire District area. The Fire District Board pays these costs to the Kent County Water Authority using funds from your Fire District Taxes.
Highway and Road Lighting
The Fire District is responsible for the costs incurred for these expenses the Hopkins Hill Fire District area. The Fire District Board pays these costs to National Grid using funds from your Fire District Taxes.
Fire Emergency Response
Hopkins Hill Fire Division responds to calls in their own district and in response to calls for aid from other districts and communities.
Rescue Emergency Response
Hopkins Hill Rescue Division responds to calls in their own district and in response to calls for aid from other districts and communities.
Required Home Smoke Alarm Inspection
The Fire Marshall performs inspections of home smoke alarms, as required by Rhode Island State Fire Safety Code. Smoke alarms must be inspected by the local fire department when a house (1,2, or 3 family dwellings) is being sold.
New Home Construction Building Plan Approval
State and/or local codes requires the Fire Marshal approval of new home construction plans before the town building inspector will issue a building permit. Click for more details.
New Commercial Construction Building Plan Approval
State and/or local codes requires the Fire Marshal approval of new commercial building construction plans before the town building inspector will issue a building permit. Click for more details.
Existing Commercial Building Inspection
It is the responsibility of the Fire Marshal to inspect facilities which have licenses issued by the Town of Coventry, the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, and other agencies. School buildings, Day Care facilities and other businesses are inspected before license renewal. Click for more details.
Hopkins Hill Fire and Rescue responds to requests for assistance and support with personnel, vehicles and equipment to departments in Coventry and other communities.
Our Rescue Unit responds to the aid of patients within our district who require physical assistance in moving about. Assistance may take the form of helping to move from their car to the house, assisting patients who have fallen and can’t up, etc.
Blood Pressure Testing
Free Blood Pressure testing is available during normal business hours at the Hopkins Hill Fire Station, at the corner of Hopkins Hill Rd. and Bestwick Trail, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., unless there is a fire or rescue call in progress. Call us at (401) 821-6866 before you come.
Lifesaving and CPR Training
CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) training is available to public at the station. Minimum class size is 6. Call for pricing. Fees go to the organization which issues the license (American Red Cross, American Heart association, etc.) not Hopkins Hill Fire Department.
For information, a list of CPR/BLS Instructors and appointments, contact the Station at (401) 821-6866.
Comfort One Program
While perhaps not a "service", the Comfort One program may be of interest to the residents of the area.
Hopkins Hill Fire Department personnel are fully trained as to the proper procedures to follow regarding this program which is another indication of the high level of capability of Hopkins Hill Rescue personnel.
Comfort One is a program for terminally ill patients who do not desire life saving or resuscitation procedures performed on them if they become unresponsive during their illness.
A terminally ill person can arrange for their physician to issue a document directing rescue or medical personnel to not perform life saving or resuscitation procedures on the patient. In addition, a bracelet is applied to the patient's wrist identifying their Comfort One status.
Rescue or medical personnel are required to see either the document issued by the physician or the bracelet in order to determine not to initiate life saving measures. If the bracelet has been removed or has been removed and reattached, medical and rescue personnel must initiate life saving measures under the assumption that the patient has changed his or her mind and wants to be resuscitated.
It is important to understand that a "do not resuscitate" order does not prevent medical care which is not considered "life saving" or "resuscitation". Treatment or medication to relieve fluid in the lungs, for example, or providing oxygen to ease breathing, is considered providing comfort to the patient and is permitted under the Comfort One program. However, if the patient stops breathing or the patient’s heart stops beating, no life saving medication or actions may be provided by medical or rescue personnel.
It is very important for family and friends to understand that the Comfort One procedure is issued because that is what the patient wants. These people have terminal illnesses that in most cases are very painful and energy draining. They have, therefore, decided that in the event they approach death, before the illness has run its normal course, they do not wish resuscitation and continue their suffering.
Your physician can provide more information regarding the Comfort One program.