News from Westminster Volunteer Fire and RescueThe 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 February 6th 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 December: 52 [a record for one month]
- Number of calls through January: 27
- Number of calls calendar year to Date: 27
- Number of calls fiscal year to date: 222
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting January 2nd, President Greg Holton presiding. There were 24 members present and 4 members excused. Currently there are 38 members of the volunteer fire department. The members welcomed Jonathan Shaughnessy and Toby Houghton as new members under the 6 months probation guidelines.
Ice Skating Rink: The ice skating rink on the East Side of the Westminster Central School is ready for use. Some of the volunteers of the Westminster Fire Department have been busy flooding the area. The rink is open to the public.
Sump pumps: Check to see that sump pumps are operating properly so any adjustments, repairs or replacements can take place before they are needed.
CO detectors: Because houses are closed up more tightly in the winter, CO detectors need to be checked more frequently.
Smoke Alarms: It’s always a good idea to put new batteries in the smoke alarms January 1st and double check to be sure they are operating properly.
Vents: Check vents for heating appliances regularly to be sure they are free from ice and snow. A plugged vent can cause a fire.
Driveways and Right of Ways: Please be sure that private roads leading to your home are plowed wide enough so a large fire truck can pass through easily. Also, be sure brush and any other obstacles are not hindering an emergency vehicle from getting to a scene where they may be needed. And please keep them well sanded when icy.
The Westminster Fire & Rescue Association welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to remember a loved one or a friend.
Donation Received in January:
1. Wendy Cross in memory of Artie Aiken
2. Jeffrey Shumlin and Evelyn Lovett
3. The Vermont Country Store
4. Marion Wilder
5. Patricia Laroche
Donations Given In January: To the Westminster Congregational Church in memory of Jim Holton
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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The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association, Inc. operates independently from Westminster Fire District #3