PRESS RELEASE from Ashland Police Department and Ashland Fire and Rescue 06-25-14
Joint Press Release from Ashland Fire and Rescue and the Ashland Police Department June 25, 2014
As the Ashland community draws closer to the July 4th weekend, members of the Ashland Police Department and Ashland Fire and Rescue would like to remind all community members that fireworks are illegal in the City of Ashland.
The 2014 fire season is potentially going to be one of extreme danger, requiring a strong degree of precaution by all members of the community. As we have seen in recent years, a single careless moment can result in extensive damage to the community, to the surrounding natural areas, and, most importantly, can be deadly to those that have to flee the fire or attempt to contain it.
In light of the increased risk during this particularly dangerous fire season, the Ashland Police Department will take any and all enforcement action it can when confronted with illegal fireworks. Additionally, the Ashland Police Department will have additional officers on duty on July 4th to respond to calls of illegal fireworks as quickly as possible.
Fire professionals continue to encourage you to enjoy the fireworks display sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at 10pm on July 4th over the SOU athletic fields. For information on how you can help support this entertainment, see the Chamberís website at www.ashlandchamber.com.
Remember that you can be held financially responsible for fire damage and the costs of fire suppression caused by negligent use of fireworks. Members of the community are encouraged to report any use of illegal fireworks by calling the Ashland Police Department at 541-482-5211. Emergency situations should always be directed to 911.
Press inquiries can be directed to AFR Division Chief Marguerite Hickman at 541-482-2770, or to APD Deputy Chief Corey Falls at 541-482-5211.