March 19, 2019

Williston Fire and Police Departments

Fire department named Ambulance Service of the Year

The Williston Fire Department recently received the 2018 Ambulance Service of the Year award from the State of Vermont Emergency Medical Services office. The award recognizes the department for excellence in community operations and services. The award will be given to the fire department at the state’s annual EMS conference in October.

Police and fire departments improve collaboration

Williston Police Chief Patrick Foley and Fire Chief Ken Morton are working on improved collaboration between the two departments, including joint training that will enable police officers to assist on fire calls when needed. Police officers will be trained on various fire scene resources, allowing firefighters to concentrate on an emergency instead of gathering equipment and preparing to leave the station. The joint training will also train firefighters to further understand police incidents like domestic violence calls or an active shooting.

Police awarded for timeliness of crash reports

The Williston Police Department has been recognized “as a leader in providing complete and timely reports using the (state’s) Web Crash Data Reporting System,” according to the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, which distributed the award. The Web Crash Data Reporting System is an online database police departments use to log and track accidents.

The data is used to inform state and local officials on engineering modifications, educational updates and enforcement activities. The goal of the program is to reduce and eliminate repeat accidents.

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