Members visit a long time member/employee

On Monday, August 23, some members and an engine crew took some time out to visit our long time member and for many years, a career engineer. Sterling (Pete) Petry, Sr is a resident of Carroll Lutheran Village and this past year has been extra tough with limited visitations.

Pete was a bit emotional but he and his family were appreciative of our visit. Pete’s son Ray is a past member and a career firefighter in Howard County. His grandson, Chris is a member and just graduated from the CCVESA Emergency Services Training 2020-21 training program.

While the engine here came after Pete’s retirement, he enjoyed reviewing it with the engine crew.

Congratulations – Our newest graduates from the CCPS Career and Tech Center – Emergency Services Training (EST) program

The Westminster Fire Department would like to congratulate members Danielle Wolf, Christopher Petry, and Brayden Haschert on their graduation May 31 from the Emergency Services Training (EST) Program. This program is a joint effort between Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association, allowing students to obtain emergency services certifications during the school day in the afternoon for the duration of the school year. During the program, classes are held at the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center, certifying the students in Hazardous Materials, Firefighter I, Vehicle Machinery and Equipment, Site Operations, and Emergency Medical Technician. All three have been active members of the department by helping mentor youth in the junior program and assisting in ensuring the equipment is able to respond to emergencies. We are proud of their accomplishment and drive to help the citizens of Westminster and surrounding companies in Carroll County.

Training – House Burning provides life-like critical training for our firefighters

On Sunday May 30, we conducted a live training evolution on Tannery Road in Westminster.  Despite the cold temperatures and periodic rain, 50 firefighters and support personnel from 6 of our mutual aid companies participated in the training.  We were able to conduct 18 evolutions in 5 hours, giving the participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge. Several junior members participated in the training, while they were not allowed to enter the house, they were given an opportunity to work with the hose lines from the exterior. In the fire service, there are limited opportunities for live training, so we would like to thank the owners of the property for allowing us to utilize the house on the property. To allow all members and career staff to participate, Adam County Station 20 (Alpha) from Littlestown, covered our first due area, providing emergency services to the citizens of Westminster. This training would not have been possible without the support of instructors and a Safety Officer to ensure the safety of everyone who participated.  Training is a necessary part of the job and is ongoing to ensure that we provide exemplary service to the citizens of Westminster and our neighboring companies.

Holiday Surprise from St John’s Church

Shift Lt. Guy Garheart and his shift personnel were surprised today with a number of food and goodie packages for the holidays. Teresa Richardson delivered the packages on behalf of St John’s Church in Westminster. The Department is always grateful for the continued community support and extend our thanks to Teresa and the St John’s members.

Photo from Guy Garheart and WFD Facebook post

2020 Santa Visits to the Westminster Community

It is best to follow the Santa Facebook Page here in case of last minute changes.

The Thursday routes that were rescheduled to Monday, December 21, 6-9 PM. are now complete. Santa has completed his rounds with us this year and is headed back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas. It was great seeing everyone-we’re glad we were able to continue this tradition and spread a little Christmas cheer. We’d love to see your pics of Santa so please post them on the Santa Facebook page shown above! See you all next year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the members of the Westminster Fire Department.

Photo from our Facebook page uploaded courtesy Jessica Klapstein

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200th Anniversary Collectible Ornament

We are releasing a Tree Ornament each year leading up to our 200th anniversary in 2023. The first one features our oldest hand-drawn hose cart pictured in front of our former station just as the station would have appeared when the hose cart was in use. The cart was recently restored and is located in the Historical Museum of Westminster Fire Department. Limited quantity is available.

Cost is $25. You can purchase with cash by visiting the station weekdays OR you can order online with credit/debit card clicking here. Shipping fees will be calculated on the merchant page during checkout.

2020 Big Money Raffle draws winning tickets streaming live on July 30th

While it was a difficult decision, our Board decided to postpone the Big Money Raffle, which was scheduled for May 28, 2020, for the safety and wellbeing of our community during this unprecedented time.

On Thursday, July 30th at 7 PM we held a virtual event to draw the winning tickets. All winners will be notified and you can click here to see the list. You can replay the event here.

2020 Carroll County Public Safety Awards

Westminster Fire Department was pleased to be able to host the recording of the 2020 Virtual Public Safety Award message of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

COVID19 Postpones our Big Money Raffle until July 30

While it was a difficult decision, our Board decided to postpone the Big Money Raffle, which was scheduled for May 28, 2020, for the safety and wellbeing of our community during this unprecedented time.

Even though we won’t be gathering in person on May 28th, the Big Money Raffle still goes on!  Westminster Fire Department will be holding its annual drawing for the Big Money Raffle on streamed Live on Thursday, July 30, at 7 PM. Follow us on Facebook and here, so you don’t miss it!  The raffle is our organization’s primary fundraising function for the year.  We ask you to consider supporting our mission by purchasing a ticket.  Please contact a member or call the station to get your raffle ticket.  You could be the next winner of the grand prize of $10,000.

POSTPONED – 2020 MD State Recruitment Weekend

The MSFA has announced this year’s recruitment weekend for April 18-19.