ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- For Rockford firefighters like Jason Kelley, Easter Sunday is not only a time of celebration, but another day on the job, keeping the forest city's citizens safe. While Kelley is ready to respond to any emergency that comes in, the holidays can sometimes add a twist to his routine.
"Sometimes the holidays can tend to be a little more interesting in terms of the types and matters of calls. Easter versus something like New Years Eve tends to be a little more mellow”, says Kelley.
Although Easter Sunday may not bring in the most unusual calls, no matter what time it is, Kelley says a mellow day can quickly turn into a busy one in a matter of seconds and statistics would agree.
Nationally, firefighters responded to nearly 1,200 holiday related fires last year, up more than 150 from 2010. With that number rising, Kelley knows the importance of the firefighters' presence even though that means spending the holidays away from family.
Kelley says, "It is tough being away from your family, you know we work a 24 hour shift, it is a little rough but it makes you feel good knowing that you're helping protect other people's families and helping them enjoy their holiday and if they call 911 they know that we're here for them."
The holiday season increases the chances of a fire happening in two rooms of our homes. Our kitchens are 21 percent more likely to catch fire and our living rooms 23 percent.