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Westfield village Board of Trustees does annual fire department inspection

April 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

On April 4 the Board of Trustees for the Village of Westfield conducted their annual inspection of the Fire Department of Westfield at the Fire Department hall on Clinton Street. Prior to the inspection Mayor Mike VandeVelde expressed the entire board's gratitude for the often life-saving service provided by the Fire Department. During the past year the Fire Department of Westfield responded to a total of 722 incidents. This included the historic and devastating flooding that occurred as a result of the July 14, 2015 storm. Mayor VandeVelde and the Board of Trustees thanked each member of the Fire Department for the sacrifices they make by attending training and responding to calls for service throughout Westfield.

In addition to Mayor VandeVelde, also present for the inspection were Deputy Mayor Robert Cochran, Village Trustee Michael Catalano, Village Trustee and President of the Westfield Exempt Volunteer Firemen's Association Al Holbrook, and Village Trustee Jill Santi. The inspection of the Fire Department was Ms. Santi's first official act in her new position as Village Trustee. Ms. Santi was sworn into office the same day as the annual inspection of the Fire Department, as well as Mr. Catalano who was recently re-elected to a second term on the Village Board.

Following the inspection of the three Fire Department companies (Cascade Hose Company, Citizen Hose Company, and the Hook and Ladder Company), Mayor VandeVelde presented a check to Fire Chief William H. Bills which will be evenly distributed among the department's three companies to fund a portion of their operating expenses. Joining Chief Bills for the acceptance of the check was First Assistant Chief Jerry Ruch, who will now be taking over as Fire Department Chief following the successful tenure of Chief Bills. Chief Ruch was sworn in as the department's new Fire Chief following the inspection.

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Westfield’s Board of Trustees recently conducted its annual inspection of the village fire department. From left to right are Deputy Mayor Robert Cochran, Trustee Michael Catalano, Village Trustee Jill Santi, Mayor Mike VandeVelde, Fire Chief William H. Bills, First Assistant Chief Jerry Ruch, and Village Trustee Al Holbrook.



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