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Local Fire Department Responds to Series of Incidents Over Holiday Weekend

Photos and information obtained from Franklin Fire Company

During the 4th of July weekend, the local fire department was kept busy with a series of calls ranging from false alarms to actual fires, according to official reports.

Starting in the early hours of July 4th, Engine 43 responded to two false fire alarms caused by faulty detectors at 3:34 am and again at 4:42 am. Later that evening, at 8:52 pm, Squad 41 and Truck 42 handled a dumpster fire, finding the container fully engulfed upon arrival.

The teams also participated in the local Chambersburg fireworks display at 10:00 pm, ensuring safety during the celebrations.

On July 5th, the action continued with a vehicle fire at 7:38 am. Engine 43 and Squad 41 were dispatched to Interstate 81 South, where they managed a small wood chipper that had caught fire on the exit 16 on-ramp.

Another false alarm occurred at 1:54 pm when Truck 42, Special Unit 44, and Engine 13-2 found a malfunctioning heat detector in a storage facility.

July 6th saw Engine 43 responding to another faulty alarm at 5:18 pm. Shortly thereafter, at 5:20 pm, Squad 41 attended a two-vehicle accident with injuries while Engine 43 was still addressing the alarm. Squad 41 assisted with emergency medical services and handled the cleanup of debris and fluids from the accident.

The series of incidents concluded on July 7th at 8:01 am with yet another false alarm, this time due to a malfunctioning smoke detector handled by Engine 43.

These incidents underscore the relentless dedication and readiness of our local fire departments to ensure safety and respond to emergencies in the community, regardless of the holiday festivities.


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