Lubbock Emergency Services Prepare for 4th of July - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/1/05

Lubbock Emergency Services Prepare for 4th of July

While most of us will be enjoying a three day weekend, police and fire are preparing for one of the busiest holidays of the summer.

The fireworks will be set off in Mackenzie park on Monday evening. An extra fire truck from station 5 will be positioned there, in case something goes wrong. It is part of an incident action plan that gives fire crews a better idea of what to expect from year-to-year.

According to the plan, firefighters will be monitoring many high-risk area this weekend. They include illegal fireworks, water hazards at Mackenzie park, heavy pedestrian traffic and very dry conditions. Their plan also includes a traffic route, and a hospital route. UMC is listed as the hospital of choice because of their burn unit.

Lubbock's District Fire Chief Chris Angerer says the best way to avoid danger, is to follow the law and stay away from illegal fireworks. "Anytime we're out fighting a grass fire or something else because of fireworks, that pulls us off more important needs," said Angerer.

EMS also asks that people come prepared if they plan on spending the day in the sun. Last year, EMS said weather was the cause of most incidents. Three people were treated for heat exhaustion or dehydration. And if there is lightning in the area, organizers say the fireworks display will, more than likely, be cancelled.

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