The Westfield Fire Department's ladder truck has been rendered useless on the initial response to recent emergency calls in Westfield. Fires at the Hamilton House on Mountain Ave. a residence on Hazel Ave., and at Ferraro's Restaurant on Elm St., required the response of out of town FD's ladder trucks.
Springfield, Cranford, and Mountainside ladder trucks have been used on initial response to battle fires. Most recently, an emergency call to extricate a worker trapped up to his chest in dirt as a result of a trench collapse on Knollwood Terr. on Saturday resulted in Clark's Ladder truck responding.
Where is Westfield's ladder truck? The Mayor and Town Council have addressed the current staffing levels within the WFD at Town Council Meetings and have no intentions of hiring any firefighters to bring manpower to a level that would allow the WFD to operate their ladder truck instead of relying on neighboring towns resources.
Could this be the beginning of shared services or an attempt to eliminate the Westfield FD through attrition.
Mayor Skibitsky has stated the Town must do "more with less." In some cases it looks like less is being done with less. To be continued...........
The following pictures are from http://www.westfieldpatch.com/
|Hazel Ave Fire (Cranford FD)|
|Knollwood Terr. Trench Collapse (Clark FD)|
|Hamilton House Fire (Springfield FD)|
|Ferraro's Fire (Mountainside FD)|