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July 30, 2015
Westfield Republican

Dear Editor,

On July 14, 2015 the Village and Town of Westfiled, along with several other communities in Northern Chautauqua County sustained serious flooding. I am proud to report that exemplary actions by fellow citizens happened throughout the area. Westfield Fire Department received it's first of many calls for assistance that day beginning at 12:23 am and the calls continued, steadily, until late afternoon of Wednesday July 15th. The flooding that occurred in the Westfield area was, by many accounts, the worse damage many had ever seen. The Fire Department of Westfield was very blessed to have received help from many other fire departments in the county as well as from other counties and assistance from municipality departments. The following list, which is in no particular order is a list of the agencies that assisted the residents of the Village and Town of Westfield during the most significant hours of flooding; many of whom were operating in the Westfield area for over twelve hours or longer. Responding fire departments included: Westfield, Mayville, Sherman, Ashville, Chautauqua, Dewittville, Hartfield, Busti, Ripley, Fuller Hose from North East PA, Lancaster from Erie County NY and East Seneca from Erie County NY. I would also like to give a special thank you to the Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office and staff who provided logistical support throughout the entirety of the event. In addition, Chautauqua County Emergency Services special teams responded, including the Dive Team, Tech Rescue, Haz-Mat and the EMS Coordinators. The fire department was also assisted by the municipal departments from the Village of Westfield and Village of Mayville. National Fuel, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army also served our residents for several days. Food donations were also provided to all of the volunteers and we are forever grateful to those who donated.

Due to the heroic, courageous acts of all first responders, Westfield did not record any loss of life nor significant injuries to any of its citizens or first responders. After the call log for July 14th was reviewed, the above listed agencies assisted with the rescue and evacuation of two residences as well as an entire mobile home park, pumped out 140 basements (many of which required assistance 3-4 times), answered one fire alarm and closed off traffic on two significant state roads.

On behalf of the Fire Department of Westfield and the residents of the Village and Town of Westfield I cannot thank everyone who had a part in mitigating our disaster enough. Often people say Western New York is such a special place to live because of the support people offer one another. This is just another example as to how true that statement is. Thank you for all of your hard work; volunteering your time away from your families, your work, and your responsibilities, in order to assist your fellow citizens in Westfield.

May God continue to bless Chautauqua County!


William Bills

Fire Chief

Fire Department of Westfield



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