During any significant storm, the fire department can expect to be called to a trees and/or wires down incident.
The purpose for this is to protect the public until NYSEG personnel can come and shut down or repair the affected area. Expect us to cordon off the area and redirect the public around the incident, or detour them to alternate roads.
If we are absolutely sure that there are no wires involved, than we will use chainsaws to clear the trees and reopen the road. The primary danger with wires down is electrocution; either by direct contact with the wire, indirect contact with something the wire is touching, or by just approaching the wire.
In February, the fire department and squad responded to 26 calls, including EMS calls of 10 mutual aids. The Fire Dept responded to 1 public service call, 1 structure fire, and 1 false alarm. Total calls for the year (2018) are 47.