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!