|Published:||Jul 05, 2012 10:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 05, 2012 11:12 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Fighting fires on the fourth. Every year, the holiday puts firefighters to the test with calls to put out small fires and last night was no different. Fourth of July festivities kept firefighters across Lee County on their toes. "
You got to take every call like it's the real thing." Cape Coral's Division Chief Tom Tomich says the most calls in the Cape came after Red White and Boom.
He says that's when some people started their own shows that sometimes didn't go as planned. "That's when the private fireworks were causing havoc in neighborhoods," he said.
But for the most part, Lee Control which takes care of the county, aside from the Cape, tells WINK News it was a quiet night for first responders.
Lee Control says engines responded to 25 calls specifically related to fire from lightening, fireworks, or structure fires. They say that's normal.
Cape Coral's fire chief says teams responded to 41 calls total, including everything from fires to medical emergencies.
It takes firefighters a month of preparation to make sure staff and crews are ready to keep the city safe.
It cost the Cape Coral Fire Department $8000 to staff Red White and Boom, on the ground, and in the water. The chief says it went well at the event: they responded to less than a dozen calls for help. "When you see it come together that well it makes you feel as though you're doing things right," said Tomich.
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