Volunteer Firefighters on Stand-by for July 4th Holiday

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – As nightfall approaches, local volunteer fire stations aren’t taking any chances and are standing by with extra staff especially for tonight’s activities.

It’s been a slow day so far for local volunteer fire departments, but they still have to make it through the night. So fire chiefs are making sure there’s enough works on call, just in case of a holiday emergency.

“We were short three individuals today, we usually man 9, but with the holiday I’m sure a lot of people are trying to spend time with their family during the day,” said Chief Don Shoevlin, with Harlem-Roscoe Fire.

Chief Shoevlin says there will be crews at three stations tonight and so far, he says it seems many people have been careful with their grills and firecrackers because workers haven’t had any fire calls. If they receive one, there’s nearly 70 volunteers on call to help. Firefighter Justin Mayton is working a 36-hour shift. Although he’s away from family, he says he’s happy to keep the community safe this holiday.

“It feels good to work today, I mean you miss your family but you know you're serving the community and you're doing a better job, actually sometimes it's an honor to work today."
Other volunteer stations like Cherry Valley will also staff a few extra workrs to respond to any calls throughout the night.

We’re told many fire stations want to make sure there’s enough firefighters in areas where there’s big fireworks shows, including Rockford and Cherry Valley.

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