MEDFORD, Ore.,--Medford Fire & Rescue say they responded to 87 illegal fireworks calls on the 4th of July this year.
"I would say after being out on the road last night, and seeing what was going on in the city and talking with colleagues that we all are in agreement there was definitely a reduction in the amount of fireworks being used and that's fantastic," says Medford Fire Rescue marshal, Steve Parks.
Parks says Medford Fire teamed up with Medford police to respond to these calls. Fire departments can confiscate illegal fireworks and stop any fires but police are the ones that issue the citations. Parks says that while responding to these calls, his main goal was to educate people about firework safety.
Medford Fire says there were only 3 firework related fires on the night of 4th of July. All of the fires were put out quickly. Grants Pass Fire Department says that unlike last year, they had none.
Medford Police gave out 3 DUII's on the holiday while Grants Pass Department of Public Safety gave out 4.