Hydrants Buried by Snow

20140215_090710Westport firefighters have been out in force today using time between emergency calls to clear hydrants that have been buried by the recent snow storm. With a potentially severe Nor’easter bearing down on the East Coast within the next 24 hours this situation will become more severe. Unfortunately with over eleven hundred hydrants in town clearing the hydrants has been a frustratingly slow process. Residents who are physically able can assist their firefighters by clearing a hydrant on their property. By clearing a hydrant it frees up valuable time for firefighters who can then attend to those hydrants that residents are not able to clear and to respond to emergency calls. Precious time can also be saved in an emergency. Digging out a located hydrant with two firefighters can take anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes, time that would be better spent by those firefighters on fire suppression or rescue procedures.mail box snow
Another year-round problem that becomes more critical with the large amount of snow that has fallen on the town, is the snow obscuring house numbers on mailboxes or homes. Make sure your house number is easily visible from the road. Emergency workers can waste valuable time trying to locate your home.

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Structure Fire on West Branch Rd

At 11:05 pm this evening the Westport Fire department received the report of an automatic fire alarm from a residence on West Branch Road.  The Westport Fire department dispatched 2 Engine companies and a shift commander on the initial dispatch.  While in route Westport Fire dispatch received a 911 call from the residence stating that they had a “smoke condition” coming from the basement area.  The residents were advised to evacuate and await the arrival of the Fire Department units in their front yard.  The first arriving Engine Company reported “nothing visible” and began investigating the interior of the residence.  Firefighters entered the structure and found smoke emanating from the basement stairs just inside the front door.  Firefighters stretched a hose line deep into the basement area and found a fire contained to a single room.  A secondary back up hose line was also stretched to protect the initial crew while other firefighters ventilated the basement area of smoke and heat.  Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly and kept the majority of the damage contained to the room of origin and a small area directly above the basement area.   The Weston Fire Department provided a Rapid Intervention Team during the fire while the Norwalk Fire Department covered Westport Fire Headquarters with an Engine Company during the fire.

This fire is a testament to the fact that smoke detectors save lives and in this case, woke the family up and kept the fire damage contained to one room.  Without the early detection of the fire, the outcome of this incident may have been much worse.  Residents are reminded to check and test their Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors monthly.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s office and there were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.  The last Westport Fire Department unit cleared the scene at 2:08 am

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Cold Water / Ice Rescue Training at Compo Basin

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Acting Lieutenant Jay Kronenberger of Platoon 3 sets off to play victim for a simulated rescue exercise at Compo Basin.

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Firefighters preparing to make entry to the water to rescue a colleague.

Over the past few days Westport firefighters have been at Compo Basin refreshing their ice and cold water rescue skills. Every year firefighters don cold water suits and practice rescues using a variety of techniques with different pieces of equipment such as rescue sleds and throw bags. With the many bodies of water in Westport along the shoreline and on the river, firefighters are able to choose some challenging locations to hone their skills.

 

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Mutual Aid to Fairfield for Structure Fire

Update: 1059
Fire contained to air handling unit. Fire Marshal on scene. Recall of alarm. Westport Engine 2 being placed in service and returning to Westport.

Westport fire is on the way mutual aid to Fairfield to assist while Fairfield units battle a structure fire at Ludlow High School. Multiple lines are stretched at this time.Stay safe everyone. More details to follow.

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Structure Fire on Jackie Lane

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Westport Fire Department was dispatched to a residence on Jackie Lane today at 4:19 pm for the reported chimney fire.  The initial fire department response was two engine companies, a truck company and the shift commander.  The first arriving engine reported smoke coming from the roof area around the chimney and they began investigating for the seat of the fire.  Upon arrival of the shift commander, the response was upgraded to a structure fire, bringing two additional engines with one being assigned for manpower and the other assuming the duties as the Rapid Intervention Team.  The fire was located and confined to the chimney area at the roof line and above.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire immediately and checked for extension within the residence and attic areas finding none.  There were no reported injuries to Fire Fighters or civilians.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s office.   The Fairfield fire department dispatched an engine to Westport Fire headquarters to stand by OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile Westport units were committed to the fire scene. The fire was reported by a neighbor who happened to be out for a walk with their children.  Residents are reminded to have their chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a licensed chimney company.  The last fire department unit cleared the scene at 6:05pm.

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Wildlife Rescue on Beachside Avenue

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEarly this morning the Westport Fire Department was called to assist the Westport Police Department and Animal Control with a deer that had become stuck in a fence. Using a hydraulic rescue tool commonly referred to as the “jaws of life” firefighters were able to free the deer without any further harm to the deer. Police briefly shut down the road on advice of the Animal Control Officer who knew she would likely run across the road once freed, which she did.

The Westport Fire Department advises to never attempt to rescue any animal that is trapped, always contact Westport Animal Control. No matter how docile an animal may appear, they will become dangerous if they feel threatened when trapped

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Structure Fire on Guyer Road

At 1834 this evening the Westport Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Guyer Road. All occupants were reported to be out of the residence, having heard a smoke alarm sounding in the house when they returned. They stated that the fire was in a second floor bedroom. Fire fighters quickly extinguished the bedroom fire. Westport Fire responded with one command car, three engine companies and one truck company. There were no reported injuries to fire fighters or civilians. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office.

The quick thinking by the homeowner to close the bedroom door prior to leaving the house certainly kept the fire confined to one room.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on I95

A 22 year old Stratford resident was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on I95 northbound early this morning. At approximately 0230 Westport Fire Department units were dispatched to the highway and found an SUV on its side with one occupant having been ejected from the vehicle. The highway was closed for an extended period of time with traffic being diverted at exit 17. The highway reopened at approximately 1930.

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Inaugural Santa Run a Hit

Believe!The inaugural Santa Gift Run organized by the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation spanned three evenings last weekend. Reaching over 200 children and over 75 families, Santa and his firefighter elves delivered gifts across the town of  Westport bringing smiles, laughter and even a few tears to those that requested a visit. Concluding on Sunday evening, with light snow falling across the town, Santa rode a fireIMG_4291 engine from house to house, astounding some neighbors who were unaware of the event. Despite the late hour, kids of all ages (and a few adults), most dressed in their ‘jamas, were amazed and delighted to see the jolly old man walking up with arms full of santa imagegifts and a booming “Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas”. The firefighters are planning on making this an annual event and are hoping for even more participation next year.

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Children’s Christmas Party a Huge Success

Today was the Christmas party for Westport firefighters and their families, held at fire headquarters. This is an annual event that helps bring together the young families of Westport’s bravest. Kids of all ages enjoyed a presentation by Earthplace who brought a selection of animals, large and small, while waiting for Santa to arrive. Daisy Mae Designs provided glitter tattoos for young and old alike with a wide array of designs in many colors. Mrs Claus arrived and enlisted the children’s help to search for Santa who obliged by arriving on a fire engine..!!! Fairway Market kept everyone’s belly full, supplying a wide array of sandwiches, drinks and desserts to feed the hungry mouths.
A huge thank you goes out to everyone that made this event a success as always…!!!!
See you all next year.

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