Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 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 March 5th 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 January: 33
  • Number of calls through February 27th: 37
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 70
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 295
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting February 5thth with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 19 members present and 6 member excused. Currently there are 34 members of the volunteer fire department.

Emergency responses: We have had another busy month in February with 37 total calls through the 27th. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 1 building fire
  • 2 chimney fires
  • 18 rescue /medical calls
  • 3 motor vehicle accidents
  • 2 alarm activations
  • 8 mutual aid call
  • 4 to Putney
  • 1 to Walpole
  • 1 to Springfield
  • 1 to North Walpole
  • 1 to Bellows Falls
  • 1 welfare check
  • 1 lift assists
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 are 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 is unavoidable, be sure to drive toward the center when possible. The shoulders are apt to be very soft adding to the chances of getting stuck or tipping over.

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.

Dishes: Several dishes and platters have been left behind at the fire house from people holding functions at the station. Stop by and claim yours. We would like to return them to their rightful owners. Or you can contact anyone of the members of the department to check on yours.

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

Donations received in February:
  • From Bill Acquaviva
  • From Jeremy and Janet Birch
  • In memory of Bob Lober from the following:
  • Ruth Grandy
  • Jim Foley
  • Sue, Jen and Mike Lober
  • Bob and Linda Davis
  • Gretchen Hurlburt
  • Joanne Hurlburt
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

Monday, February 11, 2019

January 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 February 5th 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 December 32 
  • Number of calls through January 31st: 33
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 33
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 258
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting January 8th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 18 members present and 8 member excused. Currently there are 36 members of the volunteer fire department.

Water supply for Westminster West: There is discussion on removing the small dam just south of the Beebe road. This dam is crucial to the proper operation of our very reliable dry hydrant that is at the corner of the Beebe road and the Westminster West road. This dry hydrant is our main source of water for fighting fires on the West side of town. Not having a reliable water source in that area will be detrimental to the Fire Dept. and its ability to have an adequate water source for fighting fires. For questions, comments or more information contact the town managers office at 722-4255
Vents: People should check their vents and make they are clear of ice and snow.

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.

Sump pumps: Check to see that sump pumps are operating properly so any adjustments, repairs or replacements can take place before they are needed.    

Emergency responses: We have had another busy month in January with 33 total calls through the 31st. The breakdown goes like this: 
  • 15 rescue /medical calls
  • 5 motor vehicle accidents
  • 1 alarm activations
  • 2 mutual aid call
  • 3 tree on wires 
  • 3 lift assists 
  • 2 stand by
  • 1 case of rescuing a horse that had fallen on the ice.

Ice Skating Rink: The ice skating rink on the East Side of the Westminster Central School will be ready for use soon. Some volunteers of the Westminster Fire Department will be busy flooding the area as soon as the weather stays cold.  The rink is open to the public.

CO detectors: Because houses are closed up more tightly in the winter, CO detectors need to be checked more frequently.

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.

Dishes: Several dishes and platters have been left behind at the fire house from functions using the facility. Stop by and claim yours. We need to return them to the rightful owners.

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:

  • Jeffrey Shumlin and Evelyn Lovett
  • Peter Lefcort
  • Sandra and Andrew Furlong
  • Westminster Cares
  • Pat Laroche
In memory of David Kissell:  
  • Donna and Don Dawson

In memory of Bob Lober from the following:

  • Claudia and Dave Allbee
  • Allison and David Dean
  • Mike Lowe / Kathleen Babbitt
  • Brian and Phyllis Parker
  • Don and Ethel Pike
Donations Given in January:

  • To Westminster Cares in memory of Anne Lund
  • To Westminster Congregational Church in memory of Bob Lober
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