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4TH OF JULY FIRE SAFETY MESSAGE FROM SVFD FIRE CHIEF, BRYAN COLLINS
As we head into summer weather and wildfire season, Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Chief, Bryan Collins has some fire safety concerns for our community.
Chief Collins met with SVFD Fire Marshal, Greg Rogers to talk about the dangers of fireworks on the community. Every year the illegal use of fireworks injures people and causes fires, resulting in property damage.
This year marks the 28th year in which all consumer fireworks are illegal. Based on the number of fireworks-caused fires between 1983 and 1992, the fireworks ban has prevented an estimated 2,200 fires.
Prior to the ban, there were so many fireworks-caused fires around the Fourth of July that some emergency medical calls to 9-1-1 had to be stacked until first responders could be dispatched.
This year, with COVID-19 area agencies are trying to save money so we won’t see the normal billboards up warning that fireworks are illegal. Chief Collins and Fire Marshal Rogers are urging citizens to remain fire safe and, despite not seeing 4th of July “Fireworks are illegal” signs, to NOT use illegal fireworks.
We have seen an increase in fires this year and urge residents to keep this community safe from unnecessary fires. It only takes a moment to change your life and the lives of those around you.
If you have questions, call us at 509.928.1700. If you need to dispose of any illegal fireworks call us at 509.928.1700 to know how.
We want to keep this community safe and healthy no matter what season it is.
- Julie Happy