Thursday, June 7, 2018

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 June 5th at 7:00PM                                                                           


The Prudential Committee normally meets twice a month. A warning will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting.               


  • Number of calls in April: 22
  • Number of calls through May: 36

  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 125
  • 
Number of calls fiscal year to date: 322


Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting May 1st with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 23 members present and 5 members excused. Currently there are 37 members of the volunteer fire department. At the suggestion of the chief, the members voted to have Mark Lund as the first deputy and Real Bazin and the second deputy.  


Awards:
 Each year during the association meetings in May, the Chief hands out pins and certificates recognizing the members for their service at 5 year intervals. This year in the absence of the Chief, who had another commitment, they were handed out by First Deputy Chief Mark Lund.
Receiving pins and certificates this year were the following:

  • Greg Holton, 50 years of service

  • Mike Fawcett, 45 years of service

  • Mike Ghia, 20 years of service 


The members applauded the three and thanked them for their continued dedication and reliability. 

Swimming Safety: 
Now that summer weather has finally arrived, caution is urged for those swimming in pools, lakes and brooks. Be sure to have a good supply of life preservers on hand and “swimmies” for the little people. Watch for hazards such as low water, slippery decks and rocks. Be extra careful when diving to insure the water is deep enough and there is nothing in the water that could cause injury. Never swim alone and be sure there is ample supervision at all times, especially when little children are around. Also if you have a pool on your property, check your fences and gates to be sure they are secure and safe. 


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


Check us out on our web-site www.westminsterfireandrescue.org
. The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association, Inc. operates independently from Westminster Fire District #3


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April 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 May 1st at 7: 00PM  

The Prudential Committee normally meets twice a month. A warning will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting.

  • Number of calls in March: 22
  • Number of calls through April 25th: 20
  • 
Number of calls calendar year to Date: 89

  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 286


Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting April 3rd with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 23 members present and 8 members excused. Currently there are 37 members of the volunteer fire department. 
 

POWER EQUIPMENT: A tip for those who still mow their own lawns, do their own roto-tilling, leaf blowing, cut their own wood or use other motorized power tools. After use, let the engines and mufflers cool down for awhile before parking them, especially in a wooden structure. Buildings have been known to catch fire when tools are put away before having time to cool off. Mufflers can stay hot enough to ignite a fire for some time after the machine is shut off.  


BURN PERMITS: We can’t stress enough the importance of getting a burn permit and using common sense when doing an outside burn. You must speak with one of the wardens before a permit will be issued. Leaving a message on a machine does not count. You need to speak with one of the wardens, all are 802 area code. 
Keep in mind that there may be times when permits are not given out due to sudden changes in the dryness and wind conditions. Always be aware of open dry areas and windy conditions before considering a burn. 

The wardens are:

  •  Cole Streeter  722-3178
              
  • Deputy Warden: Mark Lund    463-9355
                  
  • Deputy Warden: Pat Haas      387-5778


SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The members of the association decided they would like repeat last year’s idea of setting up a scholarship fund to be given to a Westminster resident who graduates from the Bellows Falls Union High School. The amount of the scholarship is $500. To qualify, the student must be pursuing a career in some area of emergency work. Check with any member of the department for particulars. 


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


Donations Received in April:


  • In memory of Jim Holton from Jim and Colleen Grout

  • In memory of Gary Caggiano from Bruce and Lee MacDuffie 

  • From Sylvia and Lynn Lawrence


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.


Check us out on our web-site www.westminsterfireandrescue.org
 or like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/westminstervtfire/

The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association, Inc. operates independently from Westminster Fire District #3



























Friday, March 30, 2018

March 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 April 3rd at 7:00 PM                                                         

The Prudential Committee normally meets twice a month. A warning will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting.               

Number of calls in February: 22

Number of calls through March 29th: 18

Number of calls calendar year to Date: 67

Number of calls fiscal year to date: 262


Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting March 6th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 24 members present and 7 members excused. Currently there are 37 members of the volunteer fire department. 


911 Signs: There are many places out there that do not have 911 address sign to identify the location for emergency responders, whether it is for a fire or a medical emergency. Please be sure you have one and it is fully visible for year round viewing day and night. The signs are $20 and can be obtained by contacting the town managers office at 722-4091. If you have a fire or need of an ambulance and your location is difficult to find, valuable time could be taken up trying to figure out where the emergency is. 


Hot coals and ashes: When removing hot coals and ashes from a wood stove or fireplace, first put them in a covered metal container. Then put them outside away from the house or other buildings. Several homes are lost each year when hot ashes are left in a container on a wood floor porch or deck or left too close to a building that a spark could reach. Also, be careful not to spread them in an area where there is dry leaves or dry grass that may ignite very quickly.  


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 in unavoidable, be sure to drive toward the center when possible. The shoulders are apt to very soft, adding to the chances of getting stuck or tipping over. 


Burn Permit Alert:
 We have had an abundance of snow this year and doing an outside burn may seem to be permissible, but things can dry out very quickly in the spring especially if we have a lot of wind. Anyone wishing to do an outside burn must get verbal permission from one of the fire wardens before starting a fire. You must speak with one of the wardens. Leaving an answering machine message will not count as a permit. When calling for your permit, be sure to ask what materials are acceptable and which ones are unacceptable to burn. If the Fire Department is called to respond and the fire ends out being an illegal burn, the fire will be extinguished and a fine may be imposed. In case there is a complaint from someone about the fire, the fire department is available to investigate and extinguish the fire if necessary. All burn piles should be a least 100 feet from any building. Some of the items not allowed are: Trash, building material, anything with paint on it, cardboard. Keep in mind that there may be times when permits are not given out due to sudden changes in the dryness and wind conditions. Always be aware of open dry areas and windy conditions before considering a burn.

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


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.
 Check us out on our web-site www.westminsterfireandrescue.org
 or follow us on Facebook at http:///www.facebook.com
The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association, Inc. operates independently from Westminster Fire District #3
.