Early Saturday morning at 6:44 AM Westport Firefighters were dispatched to I 95 northbound for a report of a motor vehicle accident rollover. The initial dispatch was for Engine 4, Rescue 3 and the Shift Commander.
Engine 4 arrived on scene just past exit 18 and found a single vehicle crash into a pole with the car on its side and the driver still inside. Engine 2 was added to the assignment for additional manpower. Engine 4 stretched a hose line and began patient care. Rescue 3 and Engine 2 worked to stabilize the vehicle in place prior to removing the driver.
The driver was removed from the vehicle at 7:01 AM and patient care was transferred to Westport EMS.
Early this morning, Westport Firefighters were dispatched to a MVA at the intersection of Post Road East and Cedar Road shortly after 7 AM. The initial dispatch was for Engine 5, Rescue 3 and the Shift Commander. Engine 5 arrived and found two vehicles that were involved in a T bone accident. Both vehicles were occupied. Westport Police were already on scene and providing patient care and traffic control. The driver of one of the vehicles required extrication to remove from the vehicle. Engine 2 was added to the assignment for extra manpower. Extrication was completed at 7:21 AM and patient care was transferred to Westport EMS. The occupants of the other vehicle were evaluated by Westport EMS. Fire department units cleared the scene at 7:49AM.
Just before 6pm this evening firefighters were called to a house on Woods Grove Road, just off Canal Street, for a reported structure fire. Flames from a fireplace spread to a wall and to the attic. A quick response from Westport firefighters along with mutual aid from Norwalk and Wilton fire departments has brought the fire under control quickly. At this time no injuries have been reported.
Courtesy Tyler Stewart, Port Chester FD
Courtesy Tyler Stewart, Port Chester FD
Courtesy Tyler Stewart, Port Chester FD
From Fairfield Fire Department Press Release.
Courtesy Fairfield Fire
Courtesy Fairfield Fire
FAIRFIELD, CT, APRIL 3, 2016: On Sunday April 3rd at 06:50 PM, The Fairfield Fire Department responded to the Merritt Parkway southbound in the area of Merwins Lane in Fairfield. Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir, the Fire Department Shift Commander (Car 3) arrived on scene and found a single vehicle on its side next to a tree. The vehicle was not on fire as reported, and Car 3 established command. Engine 5, under the command of LT Patrick Barry, arrived on scene, assessed a single patient in the vehicle and found he required rapid extrication. Engine 5 driver stretched a precautionary hose line in case of fire while Engine 5 personnel gained access to the vehicle. Ladder 2 personnel arrived on the scene and provided extrication tools, made access through the windshield by sawing though the laminated glass, disentangled the airbag and provided a long board for a rapid extrication. Westport Fire Department units arrived on scene and proceeded to stabilize the “on its side” motor vehicle to the tree. Rescue 1 and Engine 2 arrived on scene and provided additional manpower. The Westport Fire Department stabilized the vehicle and also provided additional extrication equipment if the mechanical extrication was needed. Rapid extrication was performed by removal though the sunroof within eight minutes of arrival. American Medical Response took control of patient care as soon as the patient was extricated. Ladder 2 personnel disconnected the vehicle’s battery and all units demobilized. AMR transported the patient to Saint Vincent’s Hospital. Car 3 transferred command to Engine 5 at 7:23 PM. Connecticut State Police remained on scene for the investigation. Engine 5 remained on scene until the vehicle was removed by the towing company. Engine 5 terminated command at 8:41 PM. “A quick response and teamwork on the part of both the Fairfield and Westport Fire Departments this evening made this a very effective and efficient operation”, says Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir.
Westport firefighters spent today conducting live fire training at a vacant house scheduled for demolition, on Greens farms Road. Firefighters were able to train under live fire conditions, fighting an actual structure fire as part of a drill that allows firefighters to receive the most realistic training possible. These types of exercises provide an enormous amount of information to newer firefighters as well as the seasoned firefighter, that can’t be duplicated in propane or natural-gas burn facilities. In addition, live-fire instructors can teach both inside and outside the acquired structure, pointing out things like fire endurance, which is crucial to deciding whether to perform an offensive or defensive attack. Another advantage to live-fire drills is that firefighters not actively participating in the drill can view pre-flashover, flashover and post-flashover conditions from a safe area, allowing them to develop a mental image of the fire conditions that could possibly save their lives later. Smoke conditions can also be created so firefighters can again view them and make a mental note so they’re better equipped to make future fire ground command decisions. In these structures, the fire that is presented is real and, if not controlled or suppressed, will burn the house down. The firefighters entering into the structure need to be aware of their surroundings, pay attention to the heat and smoke conditions, read the building, sound the floor in front of them, sound the steps as they ascend and descend, and make sure they find the fire as well as overhaul for any concealed fire. Acquired structures require situational awareness–this is as real as training will get.
A second group of firefighters will be conducting more live burns tomorrow (Thursday).
“Walking a day in their shoes” took on a new meaning for Town of Westport elected officials early Saturday morning. For a good part of the day, two members of the Board of Finance and four members of the RTM traded their normal weekend clothes for firefighting gear as they participated in the Westport Fire Fighters Fire OPS 101. This program includes hands-on firefighting and rescue operations under controlled supervision of Westport’s professional fire fighters. Participants learned exactly how challenging it is to keep our communities safe.
The five “recruits” started their day in the training room at fire headquarters as firefighter and Local 1081 President Nick Marsan described what their day would be like, from the turnout gear they would be wearing for most of the day, to the current staffing, responses and responsibilities of the Town’s fire department.
Once the recruits had donned their firefighting gear, they were ushered outside to a waiting van that transported them to the training house on Greens Farms Road, a house slated for demolition, graciously donated by a local builder to allow firefighters to experience realistic training scenarios. The recruits were put through three evolutions; search and rescue which included rescue of two occupants from the smoke filled house, hose line advancement for fire control, and finally a vehicle extrication evolution that entailed use of hydraulic rescue tools as well as hand tools. Each participant learned how to use self-contained breathing apparatus, essential to breathing in heavy smoke, the benefits of using a thermal imaging camera that detects heat to search for victims inside a structure and just how challenging it is to operate in zero visibility.
By the end of the day and after a short break for lunch, the six board members had a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Westport firefighters and the varied types of emergencies handled by firefighters on a daily basis. First Selectman James Marpe also attended the drill as did a few family members of participating board members.
We would like to congratulate all of our participants for taking time out of their busy schedules to be a part of this valuable experience and also extend appreciation to all of the professional firefighters who spent their time organizing and delivering a great program.
At approximately 7am this morning Westport firefighters responded to a reported tractor trailer fire on I95 south bound between exits 18 and 17. Two engines and the Shift Commander responded to the scene. First arriving units found a trailer with what appeared to be a brake fire. The operator had disconnected the tractor prior to fire department units arriving on scene. The fire was extinguished quickly with minor damage to the trailer from the fire. Units remained on scene until the trailer was removed from the highway at approximately 7.35am. No injuries were reported.
Please remember to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles working on the highways.
Westport Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a building fire in downtown Westport shortly after 10 PM. The Fire Department response consisted of 3 Engine Companies, 1 Truck Company and the Shift Commander. The Rescue Company was added to the assignment after clearing the scene of another incident. Arriving on scene the Car 3 reported a working fire on the roof of a two story commercial building. Engine 2 deployed multiple ground ladders to gain access to the fire and stretched a 2 ½” attack line to suppress the fire. Truck 1’s Tower Ladder was set up to assist Engine 2 on the roof. Engine 4 set up for water supply and checked all floors of the building for any fire extension with the assistance of Engine 6 and Rescue 3. Wilton Fire Department assisted on scene as RIT and Norwalk Fire Department sent an Engine Company and Truck Company to assist. Westport EMS was on scene as well as Westport Police who controlled traffic to the area. The quick work of the firefighters on scene to extinguish the fire kept the damage limited to the rooftop HVAC equipment involved and there was no fire extension into the attic of the building. The Westport Fire Department’s Fire Marshalls Office investigated the incident.
The importance of working smoke detectors was demonstrated once again early this morning at approximately 1.30am when a Sylvan Road family was alerted to a malfunctioning dishwasher by their alarm system. The homeowners were able to turn off the dishwasher before any major damage was done to their home thanks to the early notification of the smoke in their home. Firefighters were able to isolate and remove the dishwasher from the residence. Remember to check your smoke and CO alarms and replace batteries at least twice a year when clocks are changed. Call the Fire Marshals Office at 203.341.5020 for assistance or if you have any questions about your smoke and CO alarms.
Westport Firefighters responded to a report of a kitchen fire at a multifamily residence on Post Road East at approximately 10:30 PM last night. The Fire Department response consisted of the Shift Commander, 4 Engine Companies and 1 Truck Company. Arriving Fire Department companies were met by Westport Police who advised that all occupants had evacuated the residence. Engine 5 made entry and found that a sprinkler head in the kitchen had activated and successfully contained and extinguished the fire. Truck 1’s crew checked to make sure there was no fire extension beyond the kitchen area. Engine 2 and Engine 4’s crews assisted with hose deployment, ground ladder deployment and securing the utilities. Engine 6 was assigned as RIT. Additionally all companies assisted with salvage and overhaul due to smoke and water damage. The Westport Fire Department’s Fire Marshalls Office investigated the incident. The Westport Housing Authority and Red Cross provided temporary assistance to the families that were displaced.