Vegetation Invasion!

I apologize for the dramatic headline but what I’m addressing today is important.  The fire department is appealing to all residents and property owners to keep their driveways and private roads clear of tree limbs, brush, and other obstacles.  Two of the fire departments’ fire trucks (the ones that respond to fires) are 10′ tall and 9′ wide.  Our Rescue vehicle that responds to medical calls is not as tall but is just as wide.  Sometimes the driveways are so narrow, the sides of the trucks are scraped on both sides while backing down to a house to help a person in distress.  This makes it almost, if not impossible for the driver to see the person guiding him.  Going down some of the driveways we have seen could cause costly damage to the trucks.  Large over-hanging tree limbs and trees that have been allowed to grow on the shoulder and sometimes in the road may prevent a truck from going down a private road or driveway.  Warning lights, rear-view mirrors are particularly prone to damage.  Like your cars, the trucks are not cheap to repair.  Please help us help you.

Westport Island 10K Road Race – Update

More Information – As Promised –

The 13th Annual Westport Island 10K Race and 5K Fun Walk is being held on September 10th, 2017.

If you want to register, visit www.westportisland.org.  There you will find everything you need to know.

The 5K Fun Walk will start at 8:00 A.M.  The 10K Race starts at 9:00 A.M.

All profits from the race are being donated to the Westport Volunteer Fire Department by the race founder and organizer Rob Whitney of Massachusetts and Westport Island.

Cold Water and Ice

In December 2016, volunteers enjoyed Cold Water and Ice Rescue training in/on Loheed’s Pond here on the island.

It was COLD.

The department purchased two ice rescue suits last year using a safety enhancement grant from the Maine Municipal Association (MMA), the town’s insurance carrier. A training grant from MMA made it possible for us to send three WVFD members to Ice and Cold Water Rescue Training provided by Rescue Safety Systems (RSS) of Kennebunkport, ME.

Volunteers who did not attend the RSS training learned how to be effective shore support team members and acquired the necessary skills to make ice rescue as safe as possible.

The training was very effective and enjoyed by all who were able to attend (despite the fact that it was 15 degrees!).

The team practiced self-rescues, sling-rescues, and rescues using life rings and the Stokes stretcher.

Westport Volunteer Fire Department now has four Ice/Cold Water Certified Rescue Technicians:

Deputy Chief Jason Abbott and firefighters Paul Arthur, Lou Babineau, and Michael Hughes.

Participants unanimously agreed it was great training and want to practice again at a different site with different conditions.  The winter is sure to offer multiple opportunities for that!