WFD Mourns Loss of Fellow Firefighter

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     The Warwick Fire Department (WFD) would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Walter family on the loss of Firefighter Tom Walter, a 13 year member of the WFD assigned to the Raymond Hose Company #2.

     For the year to date, the WFD has responded to 37 calls for service as of Sun., Feb. 9. On Mon., Feb. 3, WFD Companies held weekly apparatus and building checks at their respective stations.

     On Tues., Feb. 4, the WFD held its monthly scheduled Department Company Meetings at their respective stations. On Wed., Feb. 5, the Excelsiors completed a scheduled Engine Company Operations Drill at Warwick Fire Station #4.

     On Thurs., Feb. 6, the Warwick Fire Police Unit held their monthly scheduled Fire Police meeting at Warwick Station #2. On Sun., Feb. 9, firefighters of the WFD participated in wake services for Firefighter Tom Walter at Purta Funeral Home, in Pine Island.

Fire Prevention

     Having a babysitter can give you peace of mind. It allows you to leave your child with someone you trust. Be sure your babysitter knows about fire safety, what to do if there is a fire and how to lock and unlock all windows.

     If you allow your babysitter to cook, make sure the babysitter keeps your child at least three to four feet away from the stove and that they never leave food or anything on a stove top unattended. Make sure your babysitter knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.

     Store matches and lighters out of your child’s reach. Candles should not be used by your babysitter. Make sure your babysitter keeps a three foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters. Many places offer babysitter classes both online and in the classroom. Some schools and hospitals give trainings. These classes teach how to care for children and also teach first aid and CPR.

     Remember to always leave the phone number where you can be reached. Cell phones make this easy. Be sure the babysitter knows the address of the home. Show the babysitter your home escape plan, and make sure the babysitter understands the two ways out of a room and where the outdoor meeting place is located.

     Be sure the babysitter knows the Warwick Fire Department emergency numbers, 986-5000 for Warwick Police Dispatchers or 911 for Orange County. Visit for more fire safety information.

     The Warwick Fire Prevention team asks that residents remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Also remember to have homes checked, including boilers, water heaters and chimneys. Remember to always be Warwick Fire Safe! Visit or for educational resources to make sure that every person knows what to do in case of a fire.

Firefighters Needed

     Individuals 16 years of age or older may apply to the WFD. For more information, send an email to, call 986-3473 or stop by any neighborhood firehouse.

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