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 April, we ran a total of 48 calls. We had 11 fire calls, including 6 public service calls for trees and wires down, 2 CO alarms, 1 fire alarm at the school, a mutual aid to Owego for traffic control, and a standby for Halsey Valley Fire Dept. EMS had 37 calls, including 3 mutual aid calls . 2022 year to date - 181 calls.