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Ropes and Rigging Drill

On Tuesday evening, February 20, 2024, members of Westminster VFD and CC DFEMS St-3 B-Shift participated in a rope drill. Participants practiced knots and rigging for slope evacuations with Tower 3. Participants learned about mechanical advantage systems and how to use them in rescue scenarios. 

Training continues to make sure we are ready no matter what the emergency situation presents.

Junior Training for February 2024

Our uniors held their February 2024 monthly meeting and training. The Junior Program is open to ages 12 through 16 and meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7 to 9pm. There is a small business meeting from 7 to 730 and training from 730 to 9. There is a different training topic each month to include hands on activities in both fire and EMS. Several of our Junior members have chosen to further their training through the Emergency Services Training Program. This program is offered as a concurrent enrollment option during their Junior or Senior year to prepare them to volunteer with their local department or start a career in the fire service.

If you would like to join our program, please email or check out our website.

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Life Memberships Awarded

February 7, 2024 – Life membership is granted to a member after 25 years of service to our department. During the February department meeting, Life Membership status was awarded to Amy Garber where she was given her special permanent membership card. The Awards committee also presented a few permanent life membership cards to four other life members. The cards were just not available when they achieved the status. Members: Walter Davis, James Falise, Jr., John Knorr, Jr., and Brenda Roper all achieved their Life Membership status in the past several years.

Currently, there are 37 members sharing this Life Membership status with some well past 25 years with the longest member past 60 years of membership.

MCI/Triage Drill

From our Training Committee: On Tuesday, January 23rd, Westminster hosted an MCI/Triage drill. We had over 25 participants from Westminster, Reese, and CCDFEMS. We discussed issues facing Carroll County and how resources would be best used if we were to be faced with a large-scale incident. We also learned and practiced the START Triage method on mock patients.

On the morning of February 19th Westminster VFD and members of CC DEFEMS St. 3 A-Shift participated in an additional MCI/Triage drill held at the station.

2024 Big Money Raffle

Our 2024 Big Money Raffle tickets are now available. This year the event includes some changes to the drawing including moving to a Saturday night. We will have various other raffles and a DJ for music. Refreshments for ticket holders while they last.

This year the price is $20 per ticket and as always, only 3,000 chances available. You can purchase your chances from any member, stop into the station or buy online at our virtual store. You can also point your mobile camera to the below QR code for online purchase. Don’t wait as this was SOLD OUT in 2023

WFD Celebrates 200th Year

On Thursday, December 21, 2023, Westminster celebrated the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Articles of Incorporation with a luncheon for members. President Plunkert welcomed everyone and noted a few long-term life members that were able to come in for the visit. Mr. Bill Logue is our most senior life member having joined the department in 1951. Also in attendance were five past chiefs.

This culminates a yearlong group of events to honor the long presence of the department continuing to serve the community.

Some photos of the day are located here.

WFD Welcomes MSFA Executive Committee

In honor of our 200th anniversary, Westminster Fire Department was pleased to welcome the Executive Committee of the MSFA for their December quarterly meeting which was held at John Street Quarters (Westminster’s Event Center). A social hour was held on Friday, December 1st during the evening hours in our museum. The meetings were then held on Saturday and Sunday in JSQ. You can see other photos at this link.

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Antique Hose Carts Featured at 131st MSFA Convention

In honor of our 200th Anniversary year, our two hose carts were transported to Ocean City Maryland for the 131st Convention and Conference of the MSFA (Maryland State Firemens Association. The carts were on display in the main ballroom of the Ocean City Convention Center. Transportation was donated by member Bill Brehm. This is just one of the many events that are being featured during 2023 in honor of the 200th year of the department.

New This Year: Baskets to be raffled off at the Big Money Raffle

This year, we have added a selection of Baskets that will be raffled off in separately purchased tickets. For these items, you must be present to win. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the evening and the winners will be drawn at the end of the evening.

Coffee basket $200 value
Golf basket $350 value
Wine basket $250 value
Local restaurant basket $350 value
Brewery basket $300 value
Blackston griddle package $400 value
Yeti cooler package $500 value