Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 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 July2nd 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 May: 30
  • Number of calls through June 25th: 25
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 195
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 420
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting June 4th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 23 members present and 4 members excused. Currently there are 33 members of the volunteer fire department. Each year at the June meeting, elections for Captains and Lieutenants as well as association officers and trustees takes place. The following are the results:

ELECTIONS:
Ballots were distributed for all officers: The only contested race was for Lieutenant between Gary Cobb and A.J. Cable. Gary Cobb ended out being the winner. Because there were no contests for the other Captains and Lieutenants a motion to keep them the same as last year was made by Jon Taylor and seconded by Mike Fawcett.

Final results:
  • Captain Tim Wilder, C4
  • Captain and Safety Officer Roy Williams, C5
  • Lieutenant Gary Cobb, C6
  • Rescue Captain Wanda West, RC1
  • Rescue Lieutenant Jon Parker RC2
Officers and Trustees of the association:
  • President: Greg Holton
  • Vice President: Mike Fawcett
  • Secretary/ treasurer: Pete Harrison
  • 1st trustee, 3 year term, Dave Russell
  • 2nd trustee, 2 year term, Georg James
  • 3rd trustee, 1year term, A.J. Cable

The following is the list of the 30 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
  • Jason Gagne
  • Mike Ghia
  • Melissa Green
  • Pat Haas, Fire Warden
  • Liam Hackett
  • Pete Harrison, association secretary/ treasurer
  • Greg Holton, association president
  • George James association 2nd trustee
  • Mark Lund 1st Deputy Chief C2
  • Pat Moran
  • Jon Parker, Rescue Lieutenant RC2
  • Caleb Rounds
  • David Russell association 1st trustee
  • Dan Saccoccio
  • Hunter Smith, Jr. member
  • Cole Streeter Fire Chief C1
  • J.T. Tabolt
  • Austin Taylor
  • 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

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Emergency responses: We have had another busy month in June with 25 total calls through the 25th. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 14 rescue /medical calls
  • 4 motor vehicle accident
  • 1 mutual aid call to Walpole
  • 4 tree on wires or wires down
  • 1 psych emergency/ mental issues
  • 1 lift assist
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 a loved one or a friend.

Donations received in June:

From:
  • Sue [Bob] Lober
  • Donna and Don Dawson in memory of Karl Behnke
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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

May 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 ever month. Rescue training is the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Next association meeting June 4th at 7:00PM

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 April: 34
  • Number of calls through May 29th: 28
  • Number of calls calendar year to Date: 168
  • Number of calls fiscal year to date: 346
Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for their regular meeting May 7th with President Greg Holton presiding. There were 22 members present and 4 member excused. Currently there are 34 members of the volunteer fire department.

The Fire Department hosted a gathering May 11 to honor retired fire chief and long time member Bob Lober who passed away last November. A message that was written by a local resident was read by Chief Cole Streeter.

Awards:
Each year during the association meetings in May, the Chief hands out pins and certificates recognizing the members for their service at 5 year intervals.

Receiving pins and certificates this year were Real Bazin for 45 years and Wanda West for 30 years. The members applauded them and thanked them for their continued dedication and reliability.

Swimming Safety:
Now that summer weather has finally arrived, caution is urged for those swimming in pools, lakes and brooks. Be sure to have a good supply of life preservers on hand and “swimmies” for the little people. Watch for hazards such as low water, slippery decks and rocks. Be extra careful when diving to insure the water is deep enough and there is nothing in the water that could cause injury. Never swim alone and be sure there is ample supervision at all times, especially when little children are around. Also if you have a pool on your property, check your fences and gates to be sure they are secure and safe.

Emergency responses:
We have had another busy month in May with 28 total calls through the 29th. The breakdown goes like this:
  • 9 rescue /medical calls
  • 2 motor vehicle accident
  • 2 mutual aid calls, 1 to Bellows Falls and 1 to Springfield
  • 2 tree on wires or wires down
  • 3 mental health issues
  • 1 smoke investigation
  • 2 illegal burn investigations
  • 5 calls for alarms sounding
  • 2 vehicle fires

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. Donations received in May:
  • Wade and Katrina Masure in memory of Bob Lober
  • Jane Lawrence in memory of Bob Lober
  • Mildred Barry in memory of Bob Lober
  • Sylvia and Lynn Lawrence
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