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.
Photo credit WestportNow.com
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.
This afternoon at 4:26 PM the Westport Fire Department responded to a report of a brush fire in the area of Ferry Lane East and Manitou Road. Upon arrival an approximately 10 ft by 20 ft area was burning in small wooded area along the road. The fire was quickly extinguished by Engine 4 from the Saugatuck Fire Station. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
Although today’s fire danger is moderate, the Westport Fire Department urges all residents to exercise caution with all potential sources of ignition such as cigarettes and open burning while outside. The Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Division of Forestry constantly monitors the danger of forest fire which can be found at; http://www.ct.gov/deep/forestfiredanger
Anyone spotting a brush or forest fire should remain calm and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible.
On Saturday April 25th just after 6pm, Westport and Norwalk firefighters responded to a structure fire at 69 Sylvan Road North on the Westport-Norwalk line. Heavy smoke coming from a garage attached to the house caused moderate damage to the garage roof. The owner reported that construction work was in progress. Firefighters had to tear open part of the roof and adjoining walls to get to the source of the fire. The Norwalk fire marshal is conducting an investigation into the cause. The driveway of the property is in Westport and the house is in Norwalk.
Enhanced Risk of wildfire spread later today.
Red Flag Warning In Effect from noon today to 8 pm EDT this evening for the Tri-state area.
The National Weather Service in New York has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Tri-state area, which is in effect from noon today to 8 pm EDT this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.
- Affected area: Northeast NJ, nyc Metro, Long Island. Southern CT, and Lower Hudson Valley.
- Winds: sustained winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts 25 to 30 mph.
- Relative humidity: 20 to 30 percent.
- Timing: 12 pm to 8 pm today.
- Impacts: rapid fire spread if ignition occurs. A wind shift is expected by this evening that may create additional hazards for any ongoing fires.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND DRY FUELS WILL CREATE A SIGNIFICANTLY
ELEVATED FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.
photo courtesy Dave Matlow – westportnow.com
Westport Firefighters Sean McGuire with his 4 year old son Matthew, Larry Conklin and Todd Denke took part in the 11th annual Team Brent St. Baldrick’s benefit at the Westport Weston YMCA to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer. Westport Firefighters have a history of supporting St. Baldricks over the years and are proud to be part of such an awesome event.
Fairfield FD photo
Westport and Fairfield firefighters worked together early Saturday morning to free four occupants from two vehicles, which rolled over on I-95 northbound on the Westport-Fairfield border between exits 18 and 19. One victim was in one vehicle and was uninjured, and three in the second vehicle suffered moderate to serious injuries, said Fairfield Assistant Chief George Gomola. “This was a serious accident and a very complicated extrication,” he said. “The high level of professionalism and cooperation demonstrated by the Fairfield and Westport Fire Departments during this extrication helped to saved lives and reduced the impact of this accident on the victims. This was a job well done by all.” Two of the injured were transported to Bridgeport Hospital and one to Norwalk Hospital following the 1:55 a.m. crash, he said. (westportnow.com)