WESTFIELD — The Westfield Volunteer Fire Department will host a Community Day event on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at the fire department, inviting community members to come by for an afternoon of fun, food, fellowship and information.
Featured activities will include the child safety trailer and the fire department “bouncy house” for youngsters. Tours of the fire station will be offered, with equipment on display. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks will also be provided throughout the afternoon. There will be no cost for any of the day’s offerings.
According to Westfield Fire Chief Jonathan Sutphin, an important part of the day will be an effort to share with the community what the department has been working on and plans for the coming months.
“We want to promote our upcoming building project and we’ll have an architect on hand with drawings to show how our plans for expansion are going to look,” Sutphin said. “Weather permitting, we’re hoping to break ground on this in June or July.”
Information will also be provided on efforts to lower the department’s ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating. The department will have an ISO rating test in the fall, with an improved ISO rating directly related to an improved insurance rating.
“We’ve been working over the past three years to lower our rating,” Sutphin noted. “We want to explain how a lower insurance rating will lower the insurance bill for every homeowner in our district. We’re one of three totally rural departments in Surry County to have done this.”
Information will also be provided on the recent implementation of the department’s paid firefighter program.
“Over the past few months,” Sutphin explained, “we’ve implemented at first a two-day and now a three-day per week program for having paid firefighters on hand. This has helped our response time and allowed for better equipment and it’s another way we’re helping our ISO rating. Because of this, our station is in better shape.”
The Westfield Volunteer Fire Department is located at 3386 Old Westfield Road in Pilot Mountain. The department was founded in 1963 and provides fire protection services along with emergency medical response to its district in northeastern Surry County and northwestern Stokes County.
“We’re hoping to see a lot of our community come out to enjoy this day,” Sutphin said. “We’re looking forward to sharing more of what we’re doing and our plans for the future.”