Except for the urban areas in the Lehigh Valley, when 911 is dialed, it is volunteer, not paid firefighters who respond.
Although called "firefighters," the men and women who serve the suburban and rural areas of the Valley are often tasked with more than fighting fires.
The majority of their emergency responses tend to be for motor vehicle accidents, especially with Interstate 78, and major transportation routes, such as Routes 309 and 100 running through their coverage areas.
Twice a year, members of the Lehigh County Association of Township Officials meet for a convention to share ideas, learn about legislative updates and have a little fun and food.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski may be the best advocate for the City of Allentown, and he is inviting businesses to set up shop in his town.
During a recent Mayor's Breakfast Series of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown, Pawlowski brought along several department representatives to provide business owners a peek inside city hall and the one-stop shopping available for them to move into the city.
According to unofficial results in Tuesday's primary election, it appears voters will not see longtime incumbent Ed Earley's name on the November ballot for Upper Macungie Township supervisor.
Challenged by fellow Republican James Brunell in Tuesday's primary election, Earley garnered an unofficial 269 votes, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.
Brunell received an unofficial 427 votes.
Earley was appointed in 2002 to fill the unexpired term of Von George. He was elected in 2004 to a four-year term and, in 2008,was elected to a full six-year term.
Three incumbents Robert Cohen, Mark Hanichak and Barry Long, and David Hein, seeking his first term in office, were on the May 21 ballot for four-year terms on the Parkland School Board.
All cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican tickets.
According to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Cohen received an unofficial 1,680 Republican votes and 837 votes from Democrats.
Hanichak received an unofficial 1,679 Republican votes and 799 votes from Democrats.
This coming November, Lehigh County voters will need to choose between Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott, a Republican, and acting County Executive Tom Muller, a Democrat, to serve a four-year term as county executive.
Ott garnered 56 percent of the Republican votes cast, with an unofficial tally of 6,861 on Tuesday, beating challenger Dean Browning's 5,455 votes, according to unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.
Muller, received an unofficial 8,550 votes.
During the campaign, both Ott and Browning advocated for less taxes.
Incumbent Republican Commissioner Tom Creighton of Lynn Township will face Democrat Bill Leiner Jr. of Coplay for the District 1 seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners in the November general election.
Creighton garnered an unofficial 2,277 votes on Tuesday, according to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers.
Leiner received an unofficial 1,916 votes on the Democratic side of the ballot.
South Whitehall Commissioners Thomas Johns and Christina Tori Morgan, both incumbent Republicans, were on Tuesday's ballot for re-election to the two open seats on the township board.
According to Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers, Johns received an unofficial 601 votes. Morgan garnered an unofficial 629 votes.
There were no Democratic candidates.
Johns owns Phoenix Construction Inc., which he founded 22 years ago.
A graduate of Penn State with a degree in business and finance, Johns has experience working in logistics, auditing and sales.
Unofficial Lehigh County Voter Registration numbers show incumbent Lehigh County Commissioner Percy H. Dougherty, a Republican, garnering 2,012 votes, giving him 56 percent of the vote to challenger Scott Aquila's unofficial 1,572 votes in Tuesday's primary election.
Dougherty will face Democrat Susan Ellis Wild in the November election for the District 2 seat on the county board of commissioners.
Wild garnered an unofficial 1,343 votes in the primary.
Aquila emailed The Press the morning after the primary:
Republicans Percy H. Dougherty and Scott Aquila, and Democrat Susan Ellis Wild are candidates for the District 2 seat on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners.
The District 2 commissioner represents voters in the borough of Alburtis, and Lower Macungie, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships. The candidates explained what they believe is the most important issue in this election and why?
Dougherty, a resident of Shepherd Hills, Lower Macungie Township, is a retired Kutztown University professor.