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Haycock installs enhanced roadway signs

Township center hosts training operation for first responders

CLIFF LEBOWITZ



Volunteers practice strapping a victim onto a backboard.

Installation of enhanced signage, to help motorists more easily identify private roads, is underway in Haycock Township.

During his report at the Oct. 2 board of supervisors meeting, Roadmaster Dave Long noted that Golf Course Lane, off Apple Road, was the latest to get the new treatment, which features mounting the “private” notice directly on top of the road name sign, instead of separately, where it could be much more easily missed.

Later, he added that Ash Lane, off Roudenbush Road, and Black Birch Lane, off Old Bethlehem Road, had previously received the new installations, and that Crystal Lane, off Pullen Station Road, and Hillside Lane, off Oak Lane, were next on the list.

Long also said that drainage pipe replacement had been completed along Churchview Drive, as part of a project to resurface that unpaved road, toward minimizing solids runoff into Lake Nockamixon. A grant from the state dirt and gravel roads program is paying for the new piping, as well as the application of driving surface aggregate (DSA) and suppressant oil that is to follow.

Also at the meeting, officials reported attendance of over 50 local residents at the Haycock Township Community Center (HTCC) for a Sept. 20 presentation, regarding increased bear sightings, by Shawna Burkett, Southeast Region wildlife conservation officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. They said Burkett is expected back for more presentations, possibly starting in the winter.

On Sept. 28, HTCC hosted a “Mass Casualty Incident Training Operation,” which was organized by Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services (UBREMS). More than 40 fire company volunteers from Haycock, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Springtown and Ottsville participated in the simulation, which included establishing a chain of command through an incident commander and public information officer who operated out of an incident command post set up in an HTCC classroom.

Volunteers served as injury victims at a simulated site, for treatment by other volunteers, which included evaluation, triage, bandaging, splinting, backboarding and transport. Further training was provided during a wrap-up debriefing session in the “command post.”

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