Hughestown Fire Department is pleased to announce the start of its seventh annual fire truck fund drive. All donations collected in this truck drive will be used for the loan payment on the fire department’s fire engine.

Last year was once again a record year for the fire department, responding to more than 885 emergency calls. And the department may reach 1,000 or more emergency calls by the end of this year.

Since their mailing last year, the fire department has continued to adapt and undergo changes so residents have the best quality emergency services possible. The current E-One Typhoon Fire Engine remains in top shape and the new 2019 Dodge 2500 Brush Truck has responded to brush fires and smaller fire incidents, helping to avoid wear and tear on the fire engine.

The department has also been active in code enforcement activities, including participating in the new Neighborhood Action Team sweeps. Working with the police department, the fire department has helped to look for code enforcement violations, worked to correct dangerous conditions and complete inspections and repainting of fire hydrants. Many department members have attended training courses this year to provide you with the best possible services in your moment of need. The dependable operation of the fire engine and continuous training helps the department maintain its ISO rating, which helps keep your homeowner’s insurance at a lower rate.

Each year, the fire department works tirelessly to raise the funds needed to sustain the fire department. Your support of the Good Friday fish dinner, Santa Breakfast and other fundraising events go a long way toward helping the department. However, these funds pay for utilities, training courses and other daily expenses required to provide you with fast and efficient emergency services. Donations given through this truck fund drive will greatly assist the department in making loan payments on the fire engine. Hughestown Borough does not collect taxes that provide the fire department with necessary funding. This means that none of your tax money is used to fund the fire department and ambulance operations. Your support in this truck fund drive is necessary to help maintain firefighting, emergency medical services and rescue services.

Members thank all who have and will donate this year during the fund drive. Your support in this truck fund drive is necessary to help maintain firefighting, emergency medical services and rescue services.

K-9 fundraisers

Hughestown Police Department is asking for donations from businesses and community members in Hughestown to help offset the cost of the purchase and training program for Jax, the new police K-9.

Here’s how you can help: Send checks payable to Hughestown Borough Police Department with “K-9 Jax” in the memo and mail to Hughestown Borough, 42 Center St., Hughestown, PA 18640, or buy shirts or sweatshirts at embroideryfactory.net/hughestownk9/shop/home.

Pool water regulations

Property owners should be mindful that pool water is not allowed to be aimed at streets or roadways, where it will ultimately end up in streams and rivers and harm aquatic life.

Instead of directing pool or hot tub water onto roadways, release it onto grassy areas of your property. Guidelines from the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority are available at the borough building.

NAT code enforcement

Any property owners who receive notices from the Neighborhood Action Team are required to contact code enforcement within 24 hours of receiving the notice.

Anyone with a code-deficient property should call code enforcement at 570-654-4188.

Condolences

Council sends condolences to the family of Chester Kapriski for their loss.

Kayleigh DeMace writes about Hughestown. To list an item, email kdemace@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2004 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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