The Westport Fire Department conducted a joint water supply drill with the Norwalk Fire Department’s Fire Boat today as an option for a large fire near the shore. The drill consisted of attaching a large diameter supply hose to the 38 foot “Robert Bedell” Fire Boat and supplying a pumper 850 feet down the street. The Norwalk Fire Boat has a pumping capacity of 2,300 gallons of water per minute and had no problem supplying the Westport Fire Department Pumper which can pump 1,500 gallons per minute.
At approximately 3:40 this afternoon firefighters responded to a reported propane leak on a property on Imperial Avenue. First arriving units at a house under construction, discovered a 1000 pound underground propane tank that had been compromised, with propane leaking from the tank under pressure. Protective hoselines were deployed and surrounding houses evacuated as a precaution. Firefighters metered the area around the house and inside the house itself. Technicians from the Fairfield County HazMat team were requested to respond to assist with the mitigation efforts. Fairfield Fire Department provided station coverage for the town, responding to calls for service while Westport units were tied up. Milford Fire Department Canteen Unit was requested to provide much needed rehab for firefighters operating at the scene and Westport EMS provided medical stand-by, transporting two firefighters to Norwalk hospital. Haz Mat Technicians opted to burn off the remaining propane in the tank. Units remained on the scene and the road remained closed until approximately 9:56pm
On Monday June 16th the Westport Firefighters golf tournament got underway at the Longshore Country Club. Golfers could not have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was superb with bright sunshine, clear skies and a slight breeze. Golfers started to assemble at 0700 for breakfast at the course while the firefighters prepared for the 0800 start. Fairway Market of Stamford provided a huge assortment of breakfast items that were eagerly devoured as golfers went through the final registration process. A great day of golf was had by all and a reception at the Red Barn Restaurant concluded the event. Westport Firefighters would like to extend an enormous thank you, particularly to all the golfers that participated, but also to the support personnel that made the tournament such a success. The Bridgeport Burn Center and a number of local charities will all benefit from this wonderful annual event.
Monday afternoon, Westport firefighters responded to a dumpster fire in Parker Harding plaza, to the rear of Main Street. The fire was knocked down quickly and there were no exposures to be concerned about. The Palza was closed for a short period of time while firefighters extinguished the fire.
At 05:52 on Monday May 5, 2014, Westport Fire Department along with Westport EMS, and CT State Police were called for an MVA on I95 Southbound between 18-17. Initial reports stated, there was a multi-vehicle accident with possible extrication. The initial fire response was 1 engine, 1 rescue, and the Shift Commander. An additional engine was added following the report of extrication. The first arriving engine, confirmed a vehicle off the road, down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its roof, and two occupants were trapped in the vehicle. An additional ambulance was requested from AMR. The first arriving engine deployed a protective hose line for potential fire suppression, and assessed the patients. Upon arrival of the Rescue, extrication commenced. The Rescue crew stabilized the vehicle, and utilized the hydraulic cutters, and “Jaws of Life”. Two occupants were extricated, treated, and turned over to EMS for continued treatment and transport to a trauma facility. Extrication was completed for both patients by 06:15, and the last fire unit cleared at 07:27. A substantial traffic backup resulted secondary to the accident.
On May 1st at 1756hrs, Westport Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at Izzo’s Country Garden and Landscaping located on Post Road East. The fire was located in the main nursery building. The fire was traveling across the ceiling upon arrival. A quick knockdown of the fire was made by Engine 5, the first due engine. The Post Road was closed for a short time when a water supply line was laid out to the nearest fire hydrant. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office. Fairfield and Norwalk Fire Department’s provided manpower and apparatus for Station coverage and a Rapid Intervention Team at the scene. The last Fire Department unit cleared the scene at 1858 hrs.
On May 1st at 1247, Westport Fire Department responded to a worker down inside a swimming pool under construction. The worker fell off scaffolding while using a “shotcrete hose” to build up the sides of the swimming pool with a cement mix. Westport Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services stabilized the worker and treated his immediate injuries on the scene. The worker was then transported to Norwalk Hospital for further evaluation of apparent non life threatening injuries. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) was notified of the incident and sent a representative to the scene for their investigation. The Fire Department responded with one Command Car, one Engine and one Rescue Company.
Westport Fire Department responded to a one vehicle rollover down the embankment on I 95 South exit 18 to 17. The GMC Terrain landed on it’s side and all four occupants were able to self extricate from the vehicle prior to Fire Fighters arrival. Injuries appeared to be minor in nature. Westport E.M.S. was on scene to evaluate the patients. The Westport Fire Department responded with one Command car, one Engine Company and one Rescue Company. The last unit cleared the scene at 1818 hrs.
Earlier this morning Westport Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a serious motorcycle accident on the Merritt Parkway southbound in the area of exit 42. Initial reports indicated two injured, both being transported to Norwalk hospital by Westport EMS with undisclosed injuries. The Merritt was shut down for a short time in the area of the accident while crews dealt with the scene.
For the month of April, the Westport Fire Department will be proudly flying the Donate Life flag over Fire Headquarters as a part of “Flags Across America” for National Donate Life Month. 2014 marks our 5th year participating in the program. The need for organ and tissue donation remains a constant need across the United States. Every day, 18 people die while waiting for organ transplants in the United States. There are over 1,400 people in Connecticut alone waiting for organ transplants to save their lives. About 1.5 million people receive tissue transplants ranging from tendons and ligaments to repair injured appendages, to corneas which restore sight to the blind. One registered donor has the ability to save or improve the lives of over 50 people. The Westport Fire Department recognizes this need and sees organ and tissue donation as an extension of its mission to save lives. We strongly urge all citizens and their families to consider registering as an organ and tissue donor through www.DonateLifeCT.org. For more information about organ and tissue donation, please visit http://www.ctorganandtissuedonation.org.