Thursday, February 16, 2023

February News

News from Westminster Volunteer Fire and Rescue

The Westminster Fire & Rescue Department holds their monthly meetings at 7:00PM on the 1st Tuesday of the month and a combined drill on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Rescue training is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Next association meeting March 7th at 7:00PM. The Prudential Committee normally meets once or twice a month. A warning will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting.

  • Number of calls in January: 50
  • Number of calls through February 16th: 25
  • Number of calls calendar year to date: 75
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 333

Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting February 7 th with 1st Trustee Nick Streeter presiding. There were 32 members present and 10 members excused. Currently there are 48 members of the volunteer fire department.

Emergency responses: We had another busy month in January with 50 total incidents for the month. Here is the breakdown: 

  • 20 rescue/medical
  • 10 motor vehicle accidents
  • 5 for tree on wires/ power line down
  • 4 lift assists
  • 1 public assist
  • 1 vehicle fire
  • 1 CO detector issue
  • 1 false alarm
  • 2 psych emergencies 
  • 4 mutual aid
  • 2 to Westmoreland,
    • 1 to Bellow Falls
    • 1 to Springfield

Space Heater Safety: Several house fires each year are caused by space heaters. Here are a few tips: Use the 3 foot rule and never run a heater less than 3 feet from another object like curtains, furniture, etc. Position heater on the floor only, no stools, benches or bureaus. Plug directly into an outlet, no extension cords or shared power strips. Never leave heater unattended. And keep heater away from water.

Lifeline: The winter vacations are upon us and it is a time when many people travel. If you have a Lifeline or a Lifeline type system in your home, it is a good idea to contact the provider to let them know if you are going to be away from home. There should be a telephone number listed for contacting them. If there is
an accidental trip of the alarm, the provider will know if the residence is unoccupied or not. This will save the responding agencies from going out for a false alarm.

Wood stoves and chimneys: Time to check both.

Mud Season: Although the worst of mud season is yet to come, it is always a good idea to limit travel on muddy roads as much as possible, giving them a chance to dry out. If using a muddy road is unavoidable, be sure to drive toward the center when possible. The shoulders are apt to be very soft adding to the
chances of getting stuck or tipping over.

The Westminster Fire & Rescue Association welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to remember a loved one or a friend.

Honorary and Memorial donations received in February:

  • In honor of all the men and women who volunteer for the Westminster Fire & Rescue Department in service to our community; From Anonymous

Donations received in February:

  • Sharon Boccelli & Ingrid Sell

As always, we would like to thank the members of the community for its continued support of the fire department.

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