Tuesday , May 28 2024

Firefighters in Fresno Brace for Long Fourth of July Night

As many celebrated the July Fourth holiday, Fresno Firefighters concentrated on making sure people in the community stay safe. On Saturday, the firefighters braved the heat and battled spot fires, but with fireworks in full fledge as the night goes on, the firefighters are bracing for a possible long night.
Fresno Firefighter Josh Henry said one of their calls on Saturday afternoon was a, "Grass fire in the eucalyptus grove, and they called us out for some extra help." He continued, "We train everyday like it’s the Fourth of July. We anticipate it, there’s no extra training we get for the Fourth of July. This is what we do."
The firefighters of Station Nine in Northwest Fresno said the Fourth of July is one of their busiest holidays of the year.
"A lot of the stuff that we see is the party goers having a good time out in the heat, not drinking enough water, down to firework injuries and firework related fires," said Chad Brisendine, another Fresno Firefighter.
Brisendine said it’s the illegal fireworks they’re most cautious of. He said they can fire off in wrong directions and injure people or start a fire.
"A lot of times what we’ll see is kids going out and playing, they have their illegal fireworks, they want to get away from mom and dad and so they’ll go out and play with fireworks out in the grass without really thinking that that could cause a fire," said Brisendine.

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