Daily News Staff Writer

Forward Township is working with its three fire departments and
Elizabeth's fire department to remap its districts to ensure fast
response times in emergencies.

At a regular township supervisors meeting Thursday, supervisor Dave
Magiske said Gallatin Sunnyside, Bunola and Forward Township fire
departments are working with Elizabeth's fire department and county
emergency officials to determine which departments will be dispatched
first to various locations.

In particular, Magiske said Forward Township wants to adjust the
system so Elizabeth's fire department is the first station called for
fires that occur in the Forward Township neighborhood bordering
Elizabeth. Under the current system, he said Forward Township stations
are called first, even though Elizabeth firefighters can get to calls
in that neighborhood faster.

In other news related to public safety, supervisors announced they
have named township police officer Robert Curdie officer in charge.
The department has been without a head since last summer when former
chief Tom Staley retired. Curdie was appointed to his new duty at a
special meeting last month. Supervisors had left the chief's position
open in an effort to save money but board of supervisors chairman Tom
DeRosa said, "It was getting to the point we needed to have somebody
in charge."

Supervisors took action to reimburse DeRosa $6,719.41 they said he was
owed for making emergency gasoline purchases during heavy snows this

Magiske said DeRosa gave township crews his credit card to purchase
gas from stations the township normally doesn't do business with after
the township's regular supplier lost electricity and could not pump

In other storm related news, Magiske said the township is expecting to
get reimbursed $48,750 in storm related costs through Federal
Emergency Management Agency. Magiske said that's good news if it
happens, considering the township wasn't at first sure it would get
anything back. Magiske said the township's total estimated costs for
responding to the storms is $65,000.