Late Tuesday evening Westport firefighters assisted Fairfield firefighters by providing station coverage while they battled a large warehouse fire on Thorpe St. The old Fairfield Lumber warehouse caught fire at approximately 7:05pm and required the response of all on duty Fairfield firefighters. Units from Bridgeport assisted at the scene while units from Stratford also provided station coverage in Fairfield. The fire was declared under control at approximately 10pm.
The 32nd Annual Firefighter’s Memorial Service was held tonight at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the Post Road in Fairfield. The service honored fallen firefighters, including five from Westport who died in the line of duty. Westport honored fallen firefighters Frank L. Dennert, Chief of Department, who died May 5, 1946; Francis P. Dunnigan, firefighter, May 2, 1946; John H. Gallagher, firefighter, May 2, 1946; Dominick J. Zeoli, firefighter, May 2, 1946; George H. Cardozo, firefighter, Dec. 2, 2000.
At 11:44 AM today, Westport firefighters responded to a three vehicle accident with minor injuries at the bottom of the l-95 Exit 17 off ramp. Responding emergency personnel evaluated three occupants of the vehicles involved in the accident and Westport EMS released them at the scene as they refused transport to the hospital. Firefighters assisted Westport Police with traffic control while State Police conducted the accident investigation. Two of the three vehicles were towed from the scene.
The last Fire Department vehicle left the scene at 12:22 PM.
On Tuesday, May 12th, three Westport Firefighters were recognized with a Public Safety Award at the Westport Rotary Club Community Giving Day luncheon hosted at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Firefighter Nick Marsan, Firefighter Paul Spennato and Lieutenant Brett Kirby received The
Public Safety Award in recognition of performance at a cardiac emergency medical call in November of 2014. The three recipients were joined by their families, First Selectman James Marpe and members of the Fire Department. A special guest was also in attendance; the young lady that was successfully treated by the emergency personnel on scene along with her three year old daughter. During the luncheon Community Service Awards were presented to Officers Craig Bergamo and Ashley Del Vecchio of the Westport Police Department for going above and beyond their duties as police officers by serving the youth of Westport as coaches and role models.
On Monday, May 11th, Westport Firefighters hosted their seventeenth annual charity golf tournament at Longshore Golf Course. 98 golfers had a great day of golf and, along with many generous sponsors, helped raise over $8,000.00, which will all go to local charities, including the CT Burns Camp Foundation. A special thanks to all who attended, volunteered to help,
and to the many local businesses that donated money and goods for our raffle. A big shout out to our firefighter brothers from Norwalk, Middletown, North Haven, Wallingford, Middlebury, and other departments for being part of the day!
From the National Weather Service…..
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.
* AFFECTED AREA…ALL OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY…ALL OF SOUTHEAST NEW YORK…AND SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT EXCLUDING COASTAL SECTIONS EAST OF BRIDGEPORT.
* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH SOME GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…25 TO 30 PERCENT.
* TIMING…MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
* IMPACTS…RAPID FIRE SPREAD IF IGNITION OCCURS.
A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR. LISTEN FOR FURTHER UPDATES REGARDING THIS POTENTIAL.
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Westport Firefighters with Miss Connecticut at the 10th annual STAR walk at Sherwood Island State Park.
Earlier today Westport Firefighters were honored to be able to participate in the 10th Annual STAR Walk, Roll & Stroll at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. The Walk and Family Fun Day is a celebration and fundraiser to benefit individuals who have intellectual disabilities and programs offered by STAR, Inc. Also making an appearance was Miss Connecticut USA, Ashley Golebiewski. Westport firefighters provided much need refreshments in the form of cooking hot dogs for the participants. Registrants walk the route with neighbors and friends with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their family members, staff members and supporters, corporate teams of walkers, state and city officials, and the general public. Walkers choose either handicapped accessible route of 1 mile or 3 miles. Entertainment is provided for all and specifically for the children the walk offers an assortment of fun games and activities.