Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July News

News from Westminster Volunteer Fire and Rescue

The Westminster Fire & Rescue Department holds their monthly meetings at 7:00 PM on the 1st Tuesday of every month and a combined drill on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Rescue training is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Next association meeting August 6th 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 June: 28
  • Number of calls through July 26th: 37
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 239
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 37
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting July 2nd with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 16 members present and 8 members excused. Currently there are 30 members of the volunteer fire department.

Emergency responses: We have had another busy month in July with 37 total calls through the 26th. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 16 rescue /medical calls
  • 2 motor vehicle accident
  • 4 mutual aid call
  • 1 to North Walpole
  • 1 to Brattleboro
  • 2 to Bellows Falls
  • 5 for trees on wires or wires down
  • 1 illegal burn
  • 1 lift assist
  • 1 service call
  • 7 accidental alarm activations

Gas Grill Safety: Keep your gas grill clean and in good condition. There is a vent at the back of the grill that releases head smoke and at times, flames. There have been cases where vinyl siding has melted because the grill is positioned too close to a wall. Many grills will have a label listing clearance recommendations. If not, 24 inches is a good standard. Propane cylinders can also be dangerous. Be sure they are not stored indoors, but outside in a well ventilated area. And for extra
safety, when cooking has been completed, turn off the gas at the cylinder as well as the burners.

Firewood: It’s not too soon to be thinking about the next heating season. If you burn wood, be sure the wood is properly cured. Unseasoned wood can cause creosote which is very apt to plug up the chimney and cause a chimney fire. And the chimney fire can lead to a partition fire and the home could be lost or severely damaged. Have the chimney cleaned before starting a wood fire in the stove or furnace and have it checked regularly throughout the heating season.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: From time to time there is a need for food to be brought to the Fire House, like the one mentioned in the previous paragraph. During calls when the fire fighters are out for an extended period of time, having something to eat and drink when they return is a huge compliment. Also, once in a great while there are special events which require feeding a large number of people. If you are available and are willing to be on a call list for these occasions or if you just
want more information, call Chief Cole Streeter or June Streeter or any one of the members you may know and let them know. This is a great way to help the people who help the community in so many ways. Thanks in advance.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR SALE: Anyone want to buy a fire extinguisher? We have them for sale and there are 4 sizes available. See the Chief or stop by the fire station for more information if interested.

The Westminster Fire & Rescue Association welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to remember a loved one or a friend. Donations received in July:
  • From: Bill Smidutz in memory of Bob Lober
We are always looking for new members: Anyone interested in volunteering their time to help the community in a time of need, please contact Chief Cole Streeter at 722-3178 or stop by the Firehouse any Sunday morning and pick up an application. As always, we would like to thank the members of the community for their continued support of the fire department.


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 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 every month and a combined drill on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Rescue training is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Next association meeting July2nd at 7:00

PM 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 May: 30
  • Number of calls through June 25th: 25
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 195
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 420
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting June 4th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 23 members present and 4 members excused. Currently there are 33 members of the volunteer fire department. Each year at the June meeting, elections for Captains and Lieutenants as well as association officers and trustees takes place. The following are the results:

ELECTIONS:
Ballots were distributed for all officers: The only contested race was for Lieutenant between Gary Cobb and A.J. Cable. Gary Cobb ended out being the winner. Because there were no contests for the other Captains and Lieutenants a motion to keep them the same as last year was made by Jon Taylor and seconded by Mike Fawcett.

Final results:
  • Captain Tim Wilder, C4
  • Captain and Safety Officer Roy Williams, C5
  • Lieutenant Gary Cobb, C6
  • Rescue Captain Wanda West, RC1
  • Rescue Lieutenant Jon Parker RC2
Officers and Trustees of the association:
  • President: Greg Holton
  • Vice President: Mike Fawcett
  • Secretary/ treasurer: Pete Harrison
  • 1st trustee, 3 year term, Dave Russell
  • 2nd trustee, 2 year term, Georg James
  • 3rd trustee, 1year term, A.J. Cable

The following is the list of the 30 current members of the department.
  • Real Bazin 2nd Deputy Chief C3
  • Brody Burke
  • A.J. Cable ,association 3rd trustee
  • Gary Cobb, Lieutenant C6
  • Tony Coven P7
  • Mike Fawcett, association Vice President
  • Mike Freegard
  • Jason Gagne
  • Mike Ghia
  • Melissa Green
  • Pat Haas, Fire Warden
  • Liam Hackett
  • Pete Harrison, association secretary/ treasurer
  • Greg Holton, association president
  • George James association 2nd trustee
  • Mark Lund 1st Deputy Chief C2
  • Pat Moran
  • Jon Parker, Rescue Lieutenant RC2
  • Caleb Rounds
  • David Russell association 1st trustee
  • Dan Saccoccio
  • Hunter Smith, Jr. member
  • Cole Streeter Fire Chief C1
  • J.T. Tabolt
  • Austin Taylor
  • Jon Taylor
  • Kevin Ticino
  • Wanda West Rescue Captain RC1
  • Tim Wilder Captain C4
  • Roy Williams Captain and safety officer C5

In addition there are 8 people who make up the off road team:
  • Leonard Farrar,


  • Donnie Fullam, 
  • Randy Illingworth
  • Jim Kilburn
  • Greg Lovell
  • Nate Stoddard
  • Jim Lober 
  • Tim Harty

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Emergency responses: We have had another busy month in June with 25 total calls through the 25th. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 14 rescue /medical calls
  • 4 motor vehicle accident
  • 1 mutual aid call to Walpole
  • 4 tree on wires or wires down
  • 1 psych emergency/ mental issues
  • 1 lift assist
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR SALE: Anyone want to buy a fire extinguisher? We have them for sale and there are 4 sizes available. See the Chief or stop by the fire station for more information if interested.

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

Donations received in June:

From:
  • Sue [Bob] Lober
  • Donna and Don Dawson in memory of Karl Behnke
We are always looking for new members: Anyone interested in volunteering their time to help the community in a time of need, please contact Chief Cole Streeter at 722-3178 or stop by the Firehouse any Sunday morning and pick up an application. We would like to have additional volunteers from the Westminster West area. There is a Fire House, an engine and a rescue vehicle located in Westminster West and more help is always welcome to utilize that equipment during calls.
As always, we would like to thank the members of the community for its continued
support of the fire department.

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