Fire Department has 188 calls in New Year, so far
Fire Commissioner Grant Grim reports the number of fire calls for Upper Macungie Township in January and February.
At last week's supervisor meeting, Fire Commissioner Grant Grim reported that Upper Macungie firefighters handled 122 calls in January and 66 in February
Station 8 handled 15 emergency responses, Station 25 responded to 25 and Station 56 had 26.
EMS calls tallied 172 for January and 141 for February. One resident who lives near Station 56 on 6510 Schantz Road questioned how the fire department could handle so many calls when the fire truck hardly left the station.
That brought a chuckle from the crowd and a discussion on the use of sirens when responding to incidents.
Grim said that fire officials try to keep sirens quiet when they first leave the station during late night or early morning calls so not to wake nearby residents.
Grim also informed supervisors that St. Luke's Hospital has agreed to hold an emergency preparedness day for the township on Sept. 15.