Forty Fort and Kingston have discussed merging ambulance and fire services since about 2002. After many years and time discussing and contemplating this idea, both Forty Fort and Kingston entered into a formal 18-month trial functional consolidation of ambulance and fire services on November 1, 2007. Both departments have acted as one since that time. Forty Fort went from a 12 hour crewed BLS service, with ALS provided by a secondary, private entity, to a 24 hour manned ALS provider in Kingston. Forty Fort also went from 1 career driver of the fire engine at any given time to 5 to 6 career firefighters with additional vehicle and apparatus responding.
: a member of a group that works to put out fires
Sadly, longtime borough resident, Rosalie McGough, 73, was pronounced dead at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township after fire broke out at her home at 24 Yates Street in Forty Fort about 2:35 a.m. Her husband, Bill McGough survived the fire. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her loving husband Bill, and her family and friends.