Multiple city, State and Federal agencies teamed up once again this year to make the Fourth of July holiday safe for Albuquerque’s citizens and visitors. From Police, EMS and Fire Suppression standbys at Freedom Fourth and Isotopes Stadium to illegal firework and Open Space patrols- the city was well covered.
Once again, the vast majority of Albuquerque residents acted responsible and demonstrated a great sense of civic duty by attending public fireworks displays, avoided purchasing fireworks and reported illegal firework activity. With the assistance of our citizens, Albuquerque had a safe and enjoyable Independence Day celebration.
From July 3rd-5th, Albuquerque Fire Department received 1,624 illegal firework calls which resulted in 19 criminal citations. In 2013, AFD received 1,742 calls and 10 citations during the three day enforcement. The number of criminal citations is expected to rise as field units submit their end of shift reports. The Fire Marshal’s Office confiscated approximately 80 pounds of illegal fireworks during this year’s enforcement operations.
“I want to thank the citizens for being civic minded and doing their part in helping to protect our great city from the threat of fire.” Fire Chief David Downey said. “The City of Albuquerque remains extremely dry so we ask that citizens continue to be vigilant by being fire wise.”