Westfield Firefighters Save Two Homes From Storm

Flames bursting through a home today at 16127 Etna Green in Westfield.

Flames bursting through a home today at 16127 Etna Green in Westfield.

Westfield firefighters saved two homes after storms rolled through the city.  Around five this afternoon, a family at 16127 Etna Green were sitting at home when they heard a loud bang.  At first, they thought the sound was nothing more than nearby thunder from the passing storm.  Soon though, the family smelled smoke while a neighbor was banging on their front door.  They quickly left the house and dialed 9-1-1.Within a few minutes, Westfield firefighters arrived with flames shooting through the entire roof and impinging on two nearby homes.  They jumped into action—pushing back the flames approaching these two neighbors’ houses.  At the same time, they began extinguishing the roof fire.  Due to the extreme danger—with two separate wall collapses inside the home—firefighters fought the blaze from outside the home.

“Firefighters saved two homes tonight and made sure everyone was safe,” said John Barrett, fire department spokesperson.  “This is true testament to the tireless job they do every single day.”

After the structure of the home was deemed safe, firefighters continued their fight inside the home.  It took firefighters nearly an hour to gain full control of the fire.  This fire was one of seven lightning strikes, Westfield firefighters responded to this evening.  Investigators determined the cause of the fire was a lightning strike to the home and damages were estimated at a quarter million dollars.  Firefighters from Carmel, Noblesville, and Sheridan all helped Westfield this evening.  Everyone made it out of the home safe and no firefighters were injured.

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Westfield Firefighters Visit Block Party

This evening, Westfield firefighters visited Maple Knoll’s summer block party.  Children jumped for joy as they ran through water spraying from a fire hose.  In addition to running through water, kids also got to try on fire gear and sit in the driver’s seat of some special trucks.

It was a great time for both our firefighters and the community.  Check out this video:

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Westfield Businesses Send Employees to Firefighter School

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Westfield businesses sent some of their employees to the Westfield Fire Department for an amazing training opportunity today.  These employees got to be firefighters-for-a-day: responding to medical and fire emergencies while learning how to be a firefighter.

Their day started just like any firefighter with a readiness check of their equipment.  Once their equipment was set for the job, these employees mounted the 123-foot ladder and climbed to the top.  After catching their breath, they made their way to a fire hose and tried their luck putting out a pretend fire.

Division Chief Garry Harling helps Steve Ward of IMMI and Amber Willis of CSI Signs spray water on a pretend fire.

Division Chief Garry Harling helps Steve Ward of IMMI and Amber Willis of CSI Signs spray water on a pretend fire.

In the middle of all this, Westfield residents called 9-1-1 and needed their help.  Firefighters, including these firefighter for-a-day candidates, jumped into action and helped with medical calls and fire alarms.  All this before lunch.

After lunch, these candidates went from observing medical calls in the field to participating in medical calls during training.  And to top it all off, they geared up for firefighter survival and rescue training later in the afternoon.

“This is just a great opportunity for both local businesses and the fire department,” said John Barrett fire department spokesperson.  “We get to know our community better and they get to see the hard work we do everyday.”

This day though is just another day’s work for Westfield firefighters who respond to over 2,200 fire and medical calls a year.

Lieutenant Matt Mills explains how to operate a firehose to firefighter-for-a-day candidates.

Lieutenant Matt Mills explains how to operate a firehose to firefighter-for-a-day candidates.

Firefighter Josh Southerland tethers a safety line to Steve Ward before his  123-foot ladder climb.

Firefighter Josh Southerland tethers a safety line to Steve Ward before his 123-foot ladder climb.