HAWLEY- The Hawley Fire Department’s Annual Letter Drive got underway on June 2 when 1153 letters were mailed to residents and businesses served by the Hawley Fire Department. A goal of $18,000 has been set for this years letter drive and will be used to reduce their debt, which is currently over $200,000.

"The letter drive is especially important as with the bridge construction on Route 6 for safety reasons we have not done our usual coin drops on holiday weekends," said Wendy Krause, Letter Drive Chairman. "This means that we could be facing a loss of 10 percent to our fundraising budget if the bridge is not opened until after the July 4 weekend."

The letter drive is important to the Hawley Fire Department as it raises approximately 20 percent of its yearly budget, according to Krause.

The Hawley Fire Department operates five front-line pieces of equipment: a 1991 KME 1250-gpm engine, 2006 KME 2500-Gallon Tanker, a 1993 KME Rescue Truck with hydraulic rescue tool and lifting bags, 1994 Brush Truck and a 2004 Air Cascade Trailer for refilling air cylinders at fire scenes.

Area served by The Hawley Fire Department includes Hawley Borough, Palmyra Township (Wayne County), Palmyra Township Pike County (Cromwelltown), bordering Lackawaxen Township, and mutual aid to other emergency services in Wayne and Pike Counties.

"The Hawley Fire Department would like to thank those that have contributed to drive so far," Krause stated.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution and did not receive a letter can mail it to: Hawley Fire Dept., Inc., P.O. Box 61, Hawley, PA 18428.

The Hawley Fire Department meets at the firehouse on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. and new members are always welcome.