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Hurricane Sandy Sparks Forks Fire Calls

Forks Township Fire Department handles 63 calls during October.

The Forks Township Fire Department can thank Hurricane Sandy for its calls doubling in October from September.

After handling 31 calls in September, Fire Chief Chuck Chapman reported that his department handled 63 calls in October. The department handled 31 calls for September, 25 in August and 36 in July.

The calls took 303.56 manpower hours over 44.68 hours of time and involved the use of 57 units, the report states.

The calls included:

  • Three dwelling fires.
  • 11 activated alarms.
  • Three vehicle accidents.

  • Five trees down.
  • 13 wires down.

  • Four CO alarms.

  • Other calls included ones for EMS assistance, odor investigation, a bomb threat, a roadway hazard and one miscellaneous fire.

Forks also handled a tree down and dwelling fire in Easton, a missing person in Tatamy, two odor investigations and an activated alarm in Palmer Township and two wires down, a vehicle accident, vehicle fire and a dwelling fire in Stockertown.

For the year to date, the Forks Township Fire Department has spent nearly 272.5 incident hours handling 274 calls in Forks, 25 in Stockertown, 14 in Palmer, five in Tatamy, three in Easton, two in Plainfield and one each in Wind Gap, Upper Nazareth and Lower Nazareth.

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