Westfield firefighters are out again–this time at school bus stops–reminding you to slow down for our children.
Everyone is safe after a gas leak caused Wal-mart to evacuate this evening. A little before 9 p.m. employees at the Rack Room Shoes smelled a store odor of gas in the building and called 9-1-1 and evacuated the building. Westfield firefighters stationed across the street arrived moments later. Their gas alarms went and began searching for the leak. Once behind the Wal-mart firefighters found a ruptured pipe and began to fix the leak. In the meantime, Wal-mart and Five Below evacuated approximately 100 people from their buildings. Everyone made it out safe.
Within 20 minutes, firefighters had the leak temporarily repaired. When Vectren Gas crews arrived they went to work and eventually deemed the buildings safe for business. Wal-mart reopened within an hour and the two remaining buildings closed for the evening.
“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.
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:
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.
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.