Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 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 September 4th 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 July: 58 [a record] 
  • Number of calls through August 30th: 37
  • 
Number of calls calendar year to Date: 98

  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 271


Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting August 7th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 21 members present and 6 members excused. Currently there are 37 members of the volunteer fire department. 


Emergency responses: We have had another busy month so far in August with 37 so far by the 30th of the month. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 23 rescue /medical call
  • 4 motor vehicle accident
  • 1 smoke investigation
  • Alarm activation's
  • 1 tree on wires
  • 3 lift assists
  • 1 odor investigation
  • 1 search for lost person
  • 1 helicopter landing zone set up

Also there were a couple of training classes including a search and rescue practice at the Pinnacle.

Back to School: Now that school is back in session there will be a lot of students walking to and from school and to and from their buses. There are no sidewalks in many areas forcing students to walk in the roadways. Walkers should remember to always walk on the left side of the road facing traffic and bike riders need to be riding with the flow of traffic on the right side. As it is getting darker earlier each day, walkers and bikers will need to wear light colored clothing and reflective vests when traveling in the dark or diminished light. Drivers should be extra cautious with more pedestrians on the roads.


Chimneys: Before you fire up your wood stove or furnace, take a look up the chimney to be sure it doesn’t need cleaning or that something has built a nest inside and plugged it up.
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.   


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

Donations received in August:


Donation given in August:
  • 
To the Westminster Congregational Church in memory of Lester Cook

  • To Westminster Cares in memory of Kim Cobb

  • To the Deep River Fire Department in memory of John Olson


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


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July 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 July 10th 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 May: 28
  • Number of calls through June 27th: 47

  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 175

  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 372


Association Meeting:
The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting June 5th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 22 members present and 11 members excused. Currently there are 37 members of the volunteer fire department. 

J.T. Tabolt was welcomed as a full member having successfully completed the 6 month probation requirement. 
Every year during the June meeting, the election of captains, lieutenants and officers and trustees of the association takes place.

The results are as follows:

  • Tim Wilder, Captain C4
  • Roy Williams, Captain and Safety officer C5
  • Gary Cobb, Lieutenant C6
  • Wanda West, Rescue Captain RC1
  • Jon Parker, Rescue Lieutenant, RC2.

Association officers as follows:

  • Greg Holton, President
  • Mike Fawcett, Vice President
  • Pete Harrison, Secretary/Treasurer
  • David Russell, 3year trustee
  • George James, 2 year trustee
  • A.J. Cable, 1 year trustee.

The following is the list of the 37 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

  • Mike Ghia

  • Melissa Green

  • Pat Haas, Fire Warden
  • 
Liam Hackett

  • Pete Harrison, Association Secretary/Treasurer

  • Greg Holton, Association President 

  • Toby Houghton

  • George James association 2nd trustee

  • Shawn Johnston
  • 
Jacob Louison
  • 
Mark Lund 1st Deputy Chief C2

  • Chris McClure

  • Paul Millman 

  • Pat Moran 

  • Billy Nowers

  • Jon Parker, Rescue Lieutenant RC2

  • Caleb Rounds 

  • David Russell  Association 1st Trustee

  • Dan Saccoccio

  • Jonathan Shaughnessy

  • Kevin Shrader

  • Hunter Smith, Jr. member
  • 
Cole Streeter  Fire Chief C1

  • J.T. Tabolt

  • Austin Taylor, Jr. member

  • 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


There are also several people in town who make up the auxiliary.

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. 


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