The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) reports that for the week ending Sun., Dec. 15, the WFD has responded to 435 calls for service to date.
On Mon., Dec. 9, the WFD held weekly operations drills, work details and apparatus truck checks. On Tues. Dec. 10, the Warwick Fire District held its monthly scheduled work session and Annual Fire District Election. The WFD congratulates and welcomes back to the Board of Fire Commissioners Past Raymond Hose Company Captain and member Joseph Walter. They also thank outgoing Commissioner and Past Chief Michael Batz for his dedication and service to the community and to the department.
On Wed., Dec. 11, the WFD Historical Committee held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. On Thurs., Dec. 12, the WFD Extrications Team held its monthly scheduled drill at Engine Company #3. The WFD would like to thank the Specht Family and Spechts Garage for all they do throughout the year to ensure that members have the vehicles to train.
On Sat., Dec. 14, the WFD attended the annual Wreaths Across America detail at the Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery in Goshen. It was an honor for members to attend this event to be able to place wreaths on the graves of deceased members and to pay respects for their sacrifices.
On Sun., Dec. 15, the WFD hosted the Annual WFD kids Christmas party at Station #2. The party was well attended and could not have been done without Department President Melissa Stevens, the WFD Executive Board, the members and the WFD Ladies Auxiliary led by President Heather Gardner. The kids were happy and overjoyed by the arrival of Santa with all the gifts.
The WFD thanks the Warwick Volunteer Ambulance Service who has responded to over 1,400 calls this year so far, the Warwick Police who fields thousands of calls keeping us all safe, and the Warwick Town and Village DPW crews for keeping our roadways clear. All of these agencies work together to keep Warwick safe. The WFD would also like to thank our utility companies for assisting us all with the power issues during the storm.
Join the Warwick EMS
The Warwick EMS Ambulance Service, located on South St. Ext. in Warwick, need members to join their ranks. Individuals 18 years of age or older are eligible. For more information contact the Warwick EMS at 986-4047, www.warwickems.com, stop at the bay on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or attend their meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Warwick Fire Prevention Report
The Warwick Fire Prevention team asks that residents remember to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and to have homes and vehicles serviced for the winter by a qualified reputable business. Check boilers, water heaters and chimneys. Remember to always be Warwick Fire Safe!
Here are some safety tips: While cooking no loose clothing or towels or unattended items by an open flame. While driving in inclement weather only do so if you need to be out. Leave space between you and other vehicles. Have your vehicle serviced and check tires. Leave safe travel time to get to your destination.
To avoid any holiday fires follow these tips:
Keep decorations or any other flammable items at least three feet away from open flame and heat sources. Inspect all decorations to ensure they do not have any frayed or pinched wires and discard any worn decorations. Never leave cooking equipment unattended and turn off burners if you have to leave the room. Never leave a space heater unattended and turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep. Never let pets or children play too close to a space heater. Water Christmas trees daily and discard trees when they are dry and begin to drop needles.
Check out fpw.org or sparkyschoolhouse.org for loads of educational resources to make sure that every person knows what to do in case of a fire.
Accepting New Members
The WFD is accepting new members. For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, follow the WFD on Facebook or Instagram, or call 986-3473.