CHIEF's LETTER

Fire Chief Jay Maddux

The Westport Community Volunteer Fire Department
FIRE CHIEF JAY MADDUX

Dear Visitors of the Westport Volunteer Fire Department,

Everyday, Firefighters, both men and women, throughout the world put their lives on the line to help the people of their communities. At the Westport Vol. Fire Dept. we are proud of the men and women who volunteer their time away from their families, and risk their lives to help our community. They train, practice, and take schooling for all emergencies we respond to everyday.

We thank you for your donations this past year.

Your Volunteer Firemen answered 322 calls in 2016.  26 were for fires and hazardous conditions, 255 were medical with 20 of those being lifting assistance, 20 motor vehicle accidents and 41 were for weather and investigating gas, smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.

Our community is fortunate in having so many trained men and women who are willing to donate their time and expense in our service. We have 36 volunteers, 15 are certified EMT’s and 3 are certified First Responders.

Your donations and the funds from the Town of Westport and the Trustees of Sandcreek and Jackson Townships in Decatur County and Sandcreek and Columbia Townships in Jennings County have made it possible to maintain and upgrade our equipment and services. Our operating expenses for 2016 were $ 52,928.76. Our mortgage on the station was paid off during 2016. Our major costs were for insurance, fire gear for six firefighters, and replacement of six air bottles. We did purchase the property and buildings of the lumber company which adjoins our property from George Cann.

Our foreseeable major expenses are the continued replacement of our air bottles, and the removal of the lumber company buildings which are in an unsafe condition.  We must also consider the age of our oldest pumper which is now over 20 years old.

We thank you again for your donations. You may send your donation to the Fire Departmebt at PO Box 119, Westport, IN 47283-0119 or give it to one of the Officers.

This web site is dedicated to all who volunteer to help our community. May God bless and protect these good people at all times.

 

FIRE FACTS

Read these facts about fire to stay informed about fire safety.

When learning facts about fire, it's important to understand the fire triangle. The triangle represents the three components that fires need to exist: heat, oxygen and fuel. If one of these components is missing, a fire can’t ignite. Heat can be generated by a cigarette, an electrical current or a home heater.

Fuel can be anything combustible, such as wood, paper, clothing, furniture, gases or chemicals. Once a fire starts, if any of the three components is removed, the fire is extinguished. Water is used to cool a fire and take away the heat source. Oxygen can be removed by smothering a fire with dirt, sand or a blanket.

Fuel can be removed by moving combustible materials away from the fire or by simply waiting until the fire consumes the material and goes out of its own accord.