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Westfield Fire Department lists March calls

April 7, 2016
Westfield Republican

The Fire Department of Westfield responded to 49 calls for service during the month of March 2016.

Of those calls, 39 were for emergency medical services (EMS), with 25 of those calls being within the Village of Westfield and four of them within the town of Westfield. There were ten responses to Absolut Care, and one mutual aid response to Ripley.

There were three fire calls during the month of March. One of the fire calls occurred in the village at 85 Bourne Street for a transformer fire. The remaining two fire calls were mutual aid responses in Portland for a structure fire at 7022 Webster Road, and a grass fire at 9277 Johnson Road in Ripley.

The Fire Department of Westfield responded to four motor vehicle accidents in the month of March. The first response was for a bicycle versus vehicle accident at Portage and Main Streets. The second response was in the Town of Westfield for a three car accident at Route 20 and McKinley Road. There were two accidents on the New York State Thruway. One was a pickup truck versus tractor-trailer at mile marker 478.4 westbound. The second collision was for a car into the guardrail at mile marker 483.9 westbound.

There were three service calls during the month of March. Those service calls were for wires arcing at 57 Washington Street, and two residential lockouts, one on Prospect Road, and the second on Washington Street.

The 49 responses in March 2016 was a decrease of one from last month's total of 50 responses. The Fire Department of Westfield has responded to a total of 145 incidents since Jan. 1, 2016.

All residents within the service area of the Fire Department of Westfield are reminded of a residential burning ban that is currently in effect until May 14, 2016. New York State adopted this restriction in 2009 to prevent wildfires, which can start and spread easily when the temperatures get warmer and grass and leaves dry out.

Campfires are still permitted using charcoal or untreated wood, but campfires should not be left unattended and must be fully extinguished after use. In addition, burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.

Violators of the open burning regulations are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.



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