What to do with Engine 1?

Westport Island Neighbors,

The Westport Volunteer Fire Department is faced with a dilemma and we would be grateful to hear your opinion.  We are forced to make a decision about what to do with Engine 1.

You may ask “What’s so special about Engine 1?”  Engine 1 is the first firefighting vehicle the WVFD purchased as brand new.  It was ordered and built in 1963 and is a Ford 600 with a Maynard fire truck Body.  The cost was $7,000.

Before it can be allowed on the road again it will cost $1,400 in repairs to make the truck pass State Inspection.

There are  a number of considerations before we make a final decision.

  1. First, should the WVFD invest in the truck for the benefit of being driven occasionally in a local parade? It has not been capable enough to be considered a viable firefighting vehicle for years.
  2. Second, we currently don’t have the space in the firehouse to store the truck. Multiple attempts to solicit off site storage have not resulted in anyone willing to donate indoor space. Covered outside storage will cause the truck to deteriorate beyond any residual value .
  3. Third, museums want trucks that were manufactured prior to 1940 or those with significant historic pedigree.
  4. Fourth, Engine 1 is a piece of Westport Island history, and the WVFD is anxious to understand how the townspeople feel about the truck.

We have been  contacted by someone who is interested in the truck for limited use for possible fires.   The WVFD, as firefighters, would prefer to see the truck serve some useful fire fighting purpose.  The Westport Volunteer Fire Department’s Board of Directors has not made a final decision yet.  They want to advise the Town Selectmen and you, the community, to see how you feel about the situation. We are very grateful for your consideration and  opinion. Please e-mail the Department at WVFD.MAINE@gmail.com.  Thank you.

Robert Mooney

Fire Chief

 

Boat Saved in Jewett Cove

On August 8th, at 9:30 AM, we received information from the County Dispatch center that a boat reported was taking on water in Long Cove on the South-East coast of the island.  The department responded immediately and with the help of Harbor Master Bud Gallagher, and assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, Boothbay Harbor, ME, we located the boat (it was actually in Jewett Cove, the cove just to the south of Long Cove).  By the time we arrived with de-watering pumps, the boat only had about 2″ of freeboard left before it would have capsized and sunk.  Following successful de-watering, the immediate cause of the flooding could not be determined, so again with the assistance of Harbor Master Gallagher and his boat, the craft was towed over to Robinhood Marina in Georgetown where it was hauled out of the water on a travel lift.  All Fire Department Personnel and assisting parties returned safely.

 

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.