Weston fire, EMS seek new members

Find out more at open houses for both on June 16

—Kimberly Donnelly photo

—Kimberly Donnelly photo

Ever thought about being an emergency responder? Now is the time to see what volunteer opportunities are available right here in town.

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Weston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will each be holding open houses on Tuesday, June 16, for anyone interested in joining.

The organizations will display gear and apparatus, discuss membership and training, volunteer hours, requirements, and what it means and takes to become a member of either EMS or the fire department.

EMS will be at the Norfield Firehouse (Station 1), near town hall at 7:30 p.m. The fire department will host its open house at the Lyons Plain Firehouse (Station 2) on the east side of town at 7:30 p.m.

The two volunteer departments are actively looking for new members/volunteers. The open houses are a way to introduce the departments to the public and to answer questions interested volunteers may have.

New training classes for both EMTs and firefighters are being scheduled this summer and fall, so this is the perfect time to see what volunteering is all about.

About WVFD and EMS

Both the Weston fire and EMS departments are all volunteer, and yet they provide coverage 24/7, 365 days a year, answering more than 1,000 calls total per year — at no charge to Weston residents.

EMS members are nationally certified EMTs, while fire department members are state-certified firefighters. Members from both squads often have additional certifications.

Volunteers come from all walks of life — teachers, nurses, tradespeople, police, lawyers, salesman, pilots, and more.

Gear, training, physicals, and essentials are provided; there are no out-of-pocket expenses for any member. Perks for volunteers include a Compo Beach pass, tax abatement, health insurance, and workout facilities.

EMS has two ambulances. The fire department has 11 apparatus: five fire engines, one rescue and three utility vehicles, plus one rescue boat and one ATV.

Both departments provide mutual aid to surrounding towns (Westport, Easton, Redding, Wilton)

In addition to answering emergency calls, EMS provides blood pressure screening at the Senior Center, holds CPR classes, runs food drives for the Weston Food Pantry, provides standby at football games, Memorial Day activities, and races.

The fire department hosts the Memorial Day parade, fields a town softball team, and has an annual awards dinner. Both departments have a holiday party.

EMS has been serving Weston for more than 50 years with the motto, “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” The fire department, founded in 1931 by a handful of concerned citizens, has been serving Weston for more than 80 years.

So, both departments will be holding open houses. They will show off the gear and apparatus, discuss membership and training, volunteer hours, requirements, and what it means/takes to become a member of either EMS or Fire.

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