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WESTMINSTER — The Westminster Fire & Rescue Department holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and a combined drill on the third Tuesday of the month. Rescue training is the second Tuesday of the month.

Next association meeting is Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. The Prudential Committee normally meets once or twice a month. A warning will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting.

Number of calls in December: 57

Number of calls through Jan. 19: 28

Number of calls calendar year to date: 28

Number of calls fiscal year to date: 296

Association Meeting: The Westminster Fire and Rescue Association met for a regular meeting on Jan. 3 with First Trustee Nick Streeter presiding. There were 31 members present and 8 members excused. Currently there are 48 members of the volunteer fire department.

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Emergency responses: It was another busy month in December with 57 total incidents for the month. Here is the breakdown: 22 rescue/medical; 10 motor vehicle accidents; seven for tree on wires/power line down; two structure fires, one for traffic control; four lift assists; one blood draw; one control burn; two service calls and seven mutual aid (two to Putney, two to Walpole, N.H., one to Rockingham, one to Brattleboro and one to Keene, N.H.).

It was a record year in 2022 with a total of 498 incidents, including 263 rescue/medical, 50 motor vehicle accidents and 52 mutual aid calls assisting other towns. There were multiple calls to each of the following towns: Putney, Keene, Walpole, Alstead, N.H., Brattleboro, Springfield, Rockingham, Bellows Falls, and Vernon. There were a variety of other incidents that make up the 498.

Driveways and Right of Ways: Be sure that private roads and driveways leading to your home are plowed wide enough so a large fire truck can pass through easily. Also, be sure brush and any other obstacles are not hindering an emergency vehicle from getting to a scene where they may be needed.

Icy conditions: Back roads, especially dirt roads and driveways, tend to be icy this year. Be careful walking and driving on them. Several cases of someone falling have been reported recently.

The Westminster Fire & Rescue Association welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to remember a loved one or a friend.

Donations were received in January from Ruth Grandy and Bob Ross.

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