By Michael Contaxis
1st Asst. Chief Warwick Fire Department
Fire Prevention Chairman, WFD
On Wed., Nov. 25, the Warwick Fire Department attended the funeral of 10-year Raymond Hose Company member Robin Kittner. Robin was a Past Captain of the Warwick Fire Police, Past Warwick Fire Department Vice President, Past Co-Chairwoman of the 104th OCVFA Parade and a past member of the WFD Auxiliary.
At the request of the family, funeral services were private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Robin’s family during this very difficult time. Rest easy Robin, we will take it from here, and you will always be missed.
On Sun., Nov. 29, the Warwick FD attended funeral services for FF James “Jimmy Blackie” Black, a 16-year member, firefighter, brother and friend to the Warwick Fire Department. The Goodwill Hook & Ladder Company #1 proudly flew the American Flag over the entrance to the Pine Island Fire District Fire Station during the last call send off for FF Black. Rest in peace, Jimmy, you will be missed and never forgotten.
The Warwick Fire Department has responded to 363 calls for service to date including a chimney fire on Wed., Nov. 25, on Union Corners Rd. in the Town of Warwick. Upon arrival the Fire was extinguished without incident. The WFD was assisted at the scene by the Warwick Police Department, Warwick EMS and the Florida Fire District. The Pine Island Fire District filled tankers at Walters Pond on Foley Rd. while Chester FD and Greenwood Lake FD completed standby details at Warwick Station #1. Thanks to all assisted!
The Warwick Fire Prevention Team reminds all families to check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that they are in working order especially while cooking and families are home during this holiday season.
Many home fires are preventable – remember most fires start in the kitchen especially during the holidays.
This is also a reminder to change the batteries out in existing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors or to purchase new ones at your local hardware stores which always have them in stock. Please keep you and your families Warwick Fire Safe!!!
Village Tree Lighting
The WFD hosted its annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Lewis Park in the Village of Warwick on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Thank you to the Village of Warwick, the Lewis Family, the Town of Warwick, Warwick Police Department, and the Warwick Historical Society. WFD also thanks Past Captain John Woloszczak who graciously donated his decorative antique Warwick Ladder Truck adorned with lights and Santa for all of our visitors virtual and present. We thank you all and hope to see you all next year.
Engine #3 Building Construction
To our neighbors in the area of Engine Company #3 on South St. Ext., we thank you all for your continued support and patience with the future construction of our new Fire Station for the Warwick Fire District and Engine Company #3. The building demolition has begun and will be completed soon. Please follow all updates on our social media pages and here for further information.
The Warwick Fire Dept. responded to a chimney fire on Union Corners Rd. in the Town of Warwick which was extinguished without incident.