Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November 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 December 1st 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 October: 36
  • Number of calls through November 26th: 21
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 334
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 172

Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting November 3rd with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 27 members present and 7 members excused. Currently there are 41 members of the volunteer fire department. The department welcomed Park Mellish as a new member under the 6 month probation guidelines.

Emergency responses: We are having another fairly busy month so far in November with 21 calls so far by the 26th . The breakdown goes like this: 

  • 10 rescue/medical calls
  • 1 for alarm/detectors sounding
  • 2 mental health emergency
  • 1mutual aid to Saxtons River
  • 1 motor vehicle accidents
  • 2 brush fire investigations 
  • 2 lift assists
  • 2 false calls
  • Also there were a couple of training classes.

Halloween Open House: The fire house was open Halloween Saturday the 31st to hand out candy and pop corn. Close to 100 including kids and adults showed up in a variety of interesting and funny costumes.

Extension cord safety: Extension cords are meant for temporary use only. Overloading an extension cord or leaving one connected for too long could cause them to overheat and start a fire. Be sure the cords have 3 prongs.

Christmas Trees: Be sure to keep your Christmas tree watered so it won’t become dry and be a fire hazard. Always keep the tree away from open fires and heating appliances.

Lifeline: The holidays 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.

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 or honor a loved one or a friend.

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