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Fire District 5 fully staffed for the 4th of July

They know all too well the dangers that can happen with lighting fireworks.

Posted: Jul 4, 2021 3:38 PM

PHOENIX, Ore --- On the 4th of July, Fire District 5 is doing what they can to make sure people stay safe this holiday weekend.
“We're really just trying to stay resource ready, hydrated, and ready to pounce at a moment's notice. And we've got some new seasonal staff that we brought on. So, we're getting them up to speed. We're doing the onboarding training with them, but beyond that, some rig familiarization and wildland, situational awareness training, and then just being ready for whatever the day brings,” Matt Hilliker, engineer and a wildland program coordinator for Fire District 5 said.

Fire district 5 is all hands-on deck for the 4th of July.
They know all too well the dangers that can happen with lighting fireworks.

"I think the potential is there and I think we need as a community to be smart if we are going to use fireworks if we are going to celebrate and have festivities, we need to make good choices,” Hilliker added.

Matt Hilliker is an engineer and a wildland program coordinator for Fire District 5. He has been fighting fires for almost 20 years. He has spent the last 9 years with FD5.

“I grew up admiring firefighters, the men and women, my father worked with what they stood for, what the fire service stood for, the mission and, the ability to help people, Hilliker said reflecting on his time as a firefighter.

On Sunday, he and the rest of FD5 are patrolling all over the rogue valley to make sure they can get a good vantage point just in case something does happen.

“This gives us great vantage point, this particular area. We can see a good portion of our district, especially the Northern part of the district, the Western part of the district, and we get good eyes on and we can see where the firework shows are. We can be ready to mobilize to those areas, should something get out of control,” Hilliker concluded.

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