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.
At 0830 this morning Westport Fire responded to Sylvan Lane with a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a utility pole and wires.
Engine 4 responded and found a box truck resting against a stone wall and a snapped utility pole. Live wires from the pole were resting on the truck, energizing the vehicle. Fortunately, occupants of the box truck were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle without injury. A transformer on the pole was compromised, leaking a very small amount of mineral oil onto the roadway.
Police and fire units blocked the road and CL&P responded within a very short period of time to deal with the hazardous electrical issue. Fire units remained on scene while the power lines were de-energized.
Sylvan Road South between Post Road West and Riverside Avenue remained closed while CL&P lifted the wires from the truck and replaced the snapped pole.The last fire department unit cleared the scene at 1022.
Residents are reminded to treat all downed or low hanging wires as potentially life threatening. Assume they are live at all times. Stay a safe distance from the power lines. Remember, even de-energized power lines can become re-energized at any time.
photo by Dave Matlow
This morning at Westport Fire Headquarters a check was presented
to “Be The Match” in the sum of almost $3500. These funds were the result of generous donations received over the past few years from a few hundred residents that participated in Bone Marrow Registry drives organized by Westport firefighters. Be The Match representative David Mason was on hand to receive the check. He said the funds would be used to assist not only to organize future drives to increase the number of potential donors, but to go towards Customer Assistance needs. This would include travel and lodging expenses for potential donors and for medical costs not covered by insurance companies. Mason said that among the 18 blood cancers, leukemia, aplastic anemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma are the three most common that a bone marrow transplant could possibly help. Westport firefighters are hoping to run another drive for Be The Match in the spring of 2015.
More information on the need for fund raising for Be The Match can be found on their web site at http://www.bethematch.org/About-Us/How-we-help-patients/Why-we-raise-funds/
At approximately 1:10 this morning Westport firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident on Post Road East in the area of Church Street. First arriving units discovered a car that had rear ended a tractor trailer and was on fire. The driver had managed to escape with assistance from the truck driver.
See westportnow.com for photos.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Change your clock, change your batteries.
Posted Date: 10/31/2014
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, in the United States to date, 1871 individuals have lost their lives in fires this year. Many of those individuals have died in incidents which specifically listed “had no working smoke alarms” in their report.
The weekend of November 1- 2, is the end of Daylight Savings Time. The Westport Fire Department strongly urges everyone to “Change your clock, change your batteries.” The most tragic loss of life is the one that could have easily been prevented with the installation of a new battery.
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 on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. 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.
Today, several manufacturers have both Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms with sealed in 10-year Lithium Battery Power. These devices meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely accepted safety standards. Just think – No device chirping for a low battery for years.
For any other questions, contact the Westport Fire Marshals Office at 203-341-5020.
Dave Matlow for westportnow.com
Westport firefighters had to extricate a motorcyclist from under a box truck today at 355 Riverside Ave. after a crash at about 1:30 p.m. The motorcyclist was initially reported to be unconscious after the accident. He was transported by Westport EMS to Norwalk Hospital. The roadway was reopened at 2:51 p.m.
Westport Engine 2 is in Hartford today, assisting Hartford Fire Department during the funeral for fire fighter Kevin Bell, tragically killed in the line of duty last week while operating at a structure fire. Engine 2 is operating out of Engine 16’s quarters, the fire station that fire fighter Bell was assigned to.
Fire departments from across the state have stepped up to back-fill Hartford fire stations, to allow Hartford fire fighters to attend fire fighter Bell’s funeral. Our neighbors, Norwalk Fire Department have their Truck 2 acting as Ladder Company 4 in the Upper Albany section of the city of Hartford.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family and Kevin’s brothers and sisters of the Hartford Fire Department including the three other firefighters who were injured that day.
Please keep Hartford fire fighter Jason Martinez and his family in your thoughts while he battles with injuries sustained during the same fire that claimed Kevin Bell’s life. Brother Martinez remains in critical condition at the Bridgeport Hospital Burn unit.
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi have announced that the Westport/New Canaan Fire Department Combined Dispatch is now a reality. Westport officially began fire dispatching services for New Canaan at midnight Oct. 1 after spending several weeks testing and training the dispatch staff. The center will be staffed with a second dispatcher, Monday through Friday, during the busier daytime hours when most calls for service are generated for both municipalities. The first dispatch for New Canaan occurred at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday morning for a two-car motor vehicle accident on the Merritt Parkway.
The Westport Fire Department Dispatch Center handles about 3500 calls for service a year, with New Canaan generating an additional 900-1000 calls per year.This project has been in the works for over five years and took a great deal of work to bring it to fruition. Both First Selectmen noted that this center is the first joint municipal dispatch center in Fairfield County. In a joint statement, Mr. Marpe and Mr. Mallozzi said, “Not only are we excited that the combined center will help improve service and public safety, but it will help serve as a template for future regionalization and mutual cost savings.”
On Saturday morning at 10:25 am Westport Fire Department received a call for the reported odor of propane on Surf Road at a home that was under construction. The Westport Fire Department dispatched 1 Engine, 1 Ladder Truck and the Assistant Chief on the initial assignment. The first arriving unit arrived and reported an odor of propane on the site with an unknown source, with units investigating. Upon further investigation, fire department personnel located an underground 500 lb. propane tank actively leaking from the tanks relief valve a few houses away. The incident commander (Assistant Chief John Plofkin) special called 1 additional Westport Engine along with the Fairfield County Hazmat vehicle in case a “burning off” of the propane tank would be required. Protective hose lines were put into place to protect adjacent structures and to protect fire department personnel working around the immediate leak area.
The homeowners’ propane dealer was then contacted to make an emergency response to assist fire department personnel with stopping the leak and removing the propane. The leak was unable to be stopped due to the tanks relief valve being damaged. On duty Westport fire department members who are also with the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted the propane dealer burning off the propane to empty the tank to mitigate the hazard.
The operation to secure and burn off the propane is still underway.
As of this release, 5:30 pm, firefighters still remain on the scene burning off propane from the tank.
Lynn Kirby for westportfirefighters.com
Lynn Kirby for westportfirefighters.com
Earlier today, Westport Firefighter Dan Mascolo, wife Norell and baby Ben received financial support from the non-profit organization The Umbrella Club. Westport Police Department Corporal Dave LiBrandi, a supporter of the Umbrella club, was made aware of the Mascolo family’s needs through a fund raising flyer that had been distributed at the Westport Police
Department. Corporal LiBrandi contacted Lieutenant Brett Kirby at Westport Fire Department to arrange a meeting between the Mascolo family and representatives of the Umbrella Club, Scott Kelly and John Heide. Shortly thereafter, the Mascolo’s were elated to discover that they would be the recipients of a very generous donation of financial support from the club. The funds will greatly assist the Mascolo family with physical, occupational and speech therapy, including associated travel expenses, not covered by health insurance. The presentation was held this morning at Westport Fire Headquarters.
“My family is incredibly humbled by the generosity of the Umbrella Club and was humbled to have been chosen for their support”, said Firefighter Mascolo.
The Umbrella Club is a non-profit group based in Stamford that provides assistance to special needs children and their families through numerous local fund raising activities.