About the Department
The Westminster Fire Department is a combination department with six Full Time Firefighters including the Chief and Captain and 23 On Call Firefighters. The fire station is staffed by at least 2 Firefighter/EMTs providing coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On-Call Firefighters respond to calls when needed. This department also provides a paramedic level ambulance service to the town offering the highest level of pre-hospital care.
The Department is broken into 4 service divisions, as the table below shows. Department members can elect to participate in one or more divisions.
Fire Services: Responsible for all planning and delivery of Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Fire Investigation, Public Fire Education, and non-EMS emergency situations, such as Hazardous Material responses.
EMS Services: Responsible for all planning and delivery of Emergency Medical services.
Support Services: Responsible for supplying support to both the Fire and EMS Services Divisions, as well as delivering technical specialties. Specific responsibilities include planning and management of the lighting trailer, boat and delivering specialties such as warm and cold water rescue, high and low angle rescue, and confined space rescue.
Emergency Management: Headed up by the Chief, who is also the town's Emergency Management Director. The Director and other positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and are responsible for creating and maintaining the Emergency Management Plan for the town and providing for working across agencies in resolving disaster emergencies.