This weekend is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. On Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 2:00 a.m., we again change our clocks ahead. The Westport Fire Department strongly urges everyone to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries”. Statistics from a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report on “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Homes” (3/14) reported that three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. No smoke alarms were present in more than one third (37%) of home fire deaths. In one–quarter (23%), smoke alarms were present but did not operate.
Of the main reasons why smoke alarms failed to operate, 47% had missing or disconnected batteries and 24% had dead or discharged batteries. The NFPA report is full of statistical data. The bottom line is working smoke alarms provide early warning saving lives, preventing injury and reducing property damage.
Smoke alarm batteries should be changed bi-annually and detectors replaced every 10 years. Smoke alarms are available with non- replaceable batteries and are designed with a 10 year life span. However, whether replaceable battery or long life battery they should be checked monthly.
Batteries (9-volt regular style) will be made available, at no cost, to those Westport residents that bring in their old batteries to Westport Fire Headquarters beginning Saturday, March 7, 2015. If any Westport resident needs assistance changing batteries, they may call 203-341-5010 to arrange for someone to come to their home (no fee). Due to limited quantities, there will be a limit of three batteries per household.
The most tragic loss of life is the one that could have easily been prevented with the installation of a new battery.
So tomorrow is the day……..!!! Thursday March 5 2015…..!!! Help us to win a $20,000 prize for the highest number of donors….!!!!
Please log on to our page https://fcgives.org/#npo/westport-uniformed-firefighters-charitable-foundation11 sometime tomorrow and make a minimum donation of $10 to help us win.
The event is to be held tomorrow March 5th 2015 and the Westport Firefighters Charitable Foundation is taking part to raise money for scholarships.
There is a lot of information available on this event at https://fcgives.org/#about
This year we are a part of this giving day and I would ask that you help us by forwarding the information to all of your family and friends and ask them to forward the information to their family and friends. A small donation of just $10 from everyone and each of their family and friends would make such a difference.
The direct link to our donation page is……… https://fcgives.org/#npo/westport-uniformed-firefighters-charitable-foundation11
For the group that gets the most unique donors there is a prize of $25,000 dollars and for the group that raises the most money there is a prize of $20,000. PLEASE help us to win one of these fantastic prizes.
Thank you again for helping our foundation get off to a wonderful start.
Westport Uniformed Firefighters
WE NEED YOU….!!!
On March 5th our Charitable Foundation will be participating in the Fairfield County Giving day. For a minimum donation of just ten dollars ($10) you could help us to win a prize of $20,000.
Please visit……. https://fcgives.org/#npo/westport-uniformed-firefighters-charitable-foundation11 …..on March 5th and make this small donation and you could help us to raise money for scholarships.
Send this link to as many of your friends and family as you can to help us out……!!!!!!
Thank you in advance for helping us out.
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At 0901 hours this morning Westport Fire Department was requested to respond to 266 Range Road in Wilton to assist the Wilton FD with fighting a working structure fire. Westport Engine 2 and Car 3 responded with 5 personnel and assisted with the firefighting operations and incident command functions. Mutual aid from other surrounding towns was called to assist including New Canaan, Weston, Georgetown, West Redding and Norwalk. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist with rehab. Westport units operated at the scene for almost 4 hours until the fire was brought under control. The last Westport unit cleared the scene at 1258. Video is available at the following site………
At 6:42pm on Sunday the Westport Fire Department received a call reporting a vehicle fire on I 95 Northbound between exits 18-19. Westport Fire Department responded with two Engine Company’s and the Shift Commander. First arriving fire department personnel found one vehicle in the right hand breakdown lane fully involved in flames. One hose line was stretched from Engine 5 and the fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters from Engine 2 preformed overhaul. The driver of the vehicle reported smelling something burning just prior to the fire. After pulling the vehicle into the breakdown lane the driver noticed flames and called 911. Two lanes of the highway were shut down for approximately one hour until the vehicle was removed. The last fire department unit cleared the highway at 7:41PM
Photo courtesy Dave Matlow
On Friday afternoon, two members of Westport Fire Department made the next step in their careers. Firefighter Jeff Gootman, a 10 year veteran of the department was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and will start his new position on Monday with Platoon 3. Lieutenant Brian Meadows, a 13 year veteran of the department who has been acting Captain for many months on Platoon 4 since the retirement of Assistant Chief William Dingee, was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief and will remain with Platoon 4. A short ceremony was held at Fire Headquarters with many current and retired fire, police and town hall personnel attending. During the ceremony, Chief of Department Andrew Kingsbury described an incident in April of 2005 while Gootman and Meadows were commuting together. They rescued a trapped motorist from his car that had crashed and caught fire on the Merritt Parkway. Both firefighters received the Department of Public Safety Commissioners Recognition Award for their actions http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?A=4226&Q=497652
Once again Westport firefighters provided assistance to their brothers in Fairfield. On Friday morning, Fairfield Fire Department responded to a basement fire on Cornell Road. Westport firefighters provided station coverage at Fairfield Fire Headquarters on Reef Road to cover any subsequent emergencies. The fire was brought under control quickly and units returned to Westport without incident.
On Thursday evening, Westport firefighters, along with firefighters from Bridgeport and other surrounding towns, responded to Fairfield to assist their firefighters battling a fire in a large house on Chester Place in the Southport area of Fairfield. Along with providing assistance at the scene, Westport also provided station coverage in case of other emergencies.
Westport firefighters battled a structure fire at a home on Weathervane Hill Road earlier this evening. Originally dispatched as an automatic fire alarm, dispatch quickly upgraded the assignment to a structure fire response. 4 engines the truck and shift commander responded on the upgraded alarm. The first arriving engine was hampered by an icy roadway and firefighters were forced to haul their equipment to the house up a steep driveway, a distance of approx 800 feet. Initial attempts to control the fire with extinguishers were unsuccessful and crews were forced to back out while the first handline was being placed in service. A quick knockdown of the fire was made and crews proceeded to check for extension into the rest of the house. Crews from Fairfield, Norwalk, Wilton and Weston assisted at the scene. An air support unit was special called from Danbury to assist with air supply.
Westport Firefighters responded to a tractor trailer accident on I 95 North between Exit 18 and 19 at 0508 hrs. The driver of the tractor trailer was pinned in the cab of the truck and had to be extricated. Westport Fire Fighters along with the assistance of Fairfield Fire Fighters completed the extrication. The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to Norwalk Hospital for further evaluation of apparent non life threatening injuries. The two right hand lanes in the area of the accident were shut down for the duration of the extrication. Fire service units cleared the scene at 0614 hrs. The Westport Fire Department responded with one Command Car, two Engine Company’s and one Rescue. Fairfield Fire responded with one Command Car, one Engine Company and one Ladder truck. There were no Fire Fighter injuries during the extrication.