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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Fire Department reports 191 calls in 2014

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  •     Hawley Fire Police Chief Scott Mead reported at the Palmyra Township monthly meeting that there were: 19 calls in December with three mutual aids to Tafton and four to Forest.
         There was also assists to Lakeville twice, Hawley ambulance once, Palmyra Township six times and three times to Hawley Borough. The department also helped when a car went into a tree on Garden Hill. A car got stuck in a snowbank on Rt. 590 and there was a rollover with no injuries on Texas Palmyra Highway. The department also responded to a three car motor vehicle accident on icy roads on Owego and Rt. 590 and a one car rollover on Owego Turnpike.
        As for the Hawley Fire Department's 2013 year in review: the volunteers responded to 191 emergencies with June being the busiest with 42 calls. Calls included: six structure fires, two vehicle fires, eight brush fires and 51 motor vehicle accidents with two extractions. There were also 26 false alarms, 26 dispatches canceled along with other various alarms. Mead thanked area businesses for allowing the staff to leave work when there were incidents.
        A thermal image camera has been purchased, which Mead explained will allow the firefighters to see through smoke. The cost of the camera was around $12,000, but Mead said it shows hidden fire behind walls and with motor vehicle accidents the heat can be seen in the dark. At this time the department is still working on getting air packs. The cost of the air packs, Mead said will be over $100,000, but the department is trying to get some grants.
        Mead made his report at the Jan. 6th supervisors' meeting of Palmyra Township (Wayne).

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