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Westport Firefighters Train With National Weather Service

Members of the Westport Fire Department attended a training seminar by the National Weather Service that will help better predict snowfall totals for the area.
Members of the Westport Fire Department attended a training seminar by the National Weather Service that will help better predict snowfall totals for the area. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kepchar and Firefighter Justin Moser recently traveled to the National Weather Service offices in Upton, N.Y., to help the town maintain its designation as "storm ready."

To be recognized as Storm Ready, a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center.
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public.
  • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions.
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars.
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The training session also included information on a new product that the National Weather Service will soon be using to advise the public about better predicting winter storm snowfall amounts for our area.

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