Joint Message with Fire Chief Derek Maxfield
Welcome July! This is one of my favorite months as it brings two of my favorite holidays! Independence Day celebrates our freedoms, our history, and offers a chance to show our love for this country. Pioneer Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate our state history and remember the first families that settled in Utah. As we recognize these holidays, I ask that you keep something else in mind… fire safety.
West Jordan Fire Chief, Derek Maxfield, and I are bringing you a joint message this month surrounding this important topic.
Our fire department averages about 150 emergency calls a week, when these July holidays come around any additional calls can spread our crews thin.
“All those extra calls coming in during a small window really scares us,” said Chief Maxfield. “Every department in the valley is stretched thin all at the same time making it so we don’t have that automatic aid we often rely on in the event of a large fire.”
Last year, West Jordan residents really showed responsibility with fire safety. The number of firework-related fires was significantly lower than years past. We hope residents take the same precautions this year.
“We’re encouraging residents to skip personal fireworks and attend a professional display, where fire units will be on scene to attend to any hazards that may arise,” said Chief Maxfield.
If you do wish to set off your own fireworks, please do it responsibly and make sure you’re not lighting them off in a prohibited area. You can find that map to the right of this message.
“We want our residents to still enjoy their July holidays, but do so safely,” said Chief Maxfield. “Remember to keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy if you plan to light fireworks in your neighborhood.”
Let’s celebrate our freedom, families, and neighbors this July!
Mayor Dirk Burton and Fire Chief Derek Maxfield