Monday, December 3, 2018

December 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 4th 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 28th: 31
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 366
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 190
Association Meeting:
The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting November 6th with President Greg Holton presiding.
  1. There were 23 members present and 6 member excused. 
  2. Currently there are 37 members of the volunteer fire department. 
  3. The department welcomed Jarrett Sanderson as a new member under the 6 month probation guidelines.

Emergency responses:
We have had another busy month in November with 31 total calls through the 28th. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 17 rescue /medical calls
  • 3 motor vehicle accidents
  • 2 alarm activations
  • 3 tree on wires
  • 2 mutual aid calls
    • one in Brattleboro and one in Rockingham
  • 1 truck stuck under overpass
  • 2 fuel spills
  • 1 CO detector activation
Cleaning Filters:
There have been a couple of house fires this fall that were caused by plugged and dirty dryer filters and bathroom fans that needed cleaning. It’s a good idea to check those out periodically by changing filters when applicable and cleaning ceiling ventilator vans.

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 fro 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 agency from going out for a false alarm.

Luminaries:
The Fire House will be made available again this year for the annual Christmas Eve luminary display preparations. Many local volunteers gather at the FireHouse to put the sand and candles in bags Friday the 21st. The afternoon of December 24t volunteers will set them out in the village on Rt. 5, Grout Ave. and School St. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate this year. The display attracts the attention of many people both locally and out of town. A huge thanks in advance goes out those who are involved with the set up and clean up. This is a very special occasion for Westminster and many look forward to it.

Stacking wood:
When stacking wood outside, covering the top of the pile is a good thing to do, but never cover the sides. The wood may go bad before it gets dry from lack of air.

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.

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 event 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.

Donation received in November:
  • From Bruce and Lee MacDuffie
  • From Heather Kampfer
  • Donation given in November:
  • Gift basket to Laura Taylor
  • Gift basket to Ruth Grandy
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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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 November 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 September: 28  
  • Number of calls through October 31st: 36
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 335
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 89
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting October 2nd with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 14 members present, 7 members attending a call for a tree blocking a road and 4 members excused. Currently there are 39 members of the volunteer fire department. Jason Gagne was welcomed as a new member under the 6 month probation guidelines.

Emergency responses: We have had another busy month in October with 36  total calls. The breakdown goes like this: 
  • 24 rescue /medical calls
  • 2 motor vehicle accidents
  • 2 alarm activations
  • 1 tree on wires
  • 1 subject stuck in car
  • 1 assist with transfer to hospital
  • 3 mutual aid calls all to Putney
  • 1 landing zone set up for D.A.R.T helicopter  and 1 car vs. deer. 

Also there were a couple of training classes including live burn training on Sunday the 28th.

Woodstove hook-up: refer to the diagram for proper installation and be careful not to pile your wood too close to the stove. The Fire Department is always available for advice and inspection of woodstove and wood furnace installation.
Furnaces and pellet stoves should be cleaned and wood stoves and chimneys for those burning wood. Chimneys should be checked periodically throughout the heating season.

Walking outside in the dark: Now that we have reverted back to standard time and it is getting dark much earlier, we want everyone to be more alert, walkers and drivers alike. There have been several fatal pedestrian accidents in the area lately and we want to remind those who walk to be extra cautious. We are not trying to say that the walker is at fault, but there are precautionary measures that can be taken. And just because you have the right of way in a cross walk, don’t just assume the vehicle will respect that. Keep your eye on those vehicles when crossing. They may not see you or  guess what, someone could be texting. Also, reflective vests work very well when walking at night. Always walk facing traffic, which means on the left side of the road. We still see many people walking on the right side of the street or road with the flow of traffic. This is very dangerous and has often resulted in fatal injuries to the pedestrian. And don’t have a headset on. You need to be able to hear the traffic to be safe.

VENTS: Bathroom exhaust vents, kitchen stove hood vents and dryer vents should be checked and cleaned periodically to prevent buildup of dirt and foreign matter. Clogged or dirty vents could affect efficiency and could cause a fire.  

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.
Donation received in October:
  • From Sylvia and Lynn Lawrence
Donation given in October:
  • Gift basket to Heidi Nowers
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