Fourth of July Fireworks Patrols Get New Spark from GIS
Fireworks are a staple of Independence Day in the United States. On the Fourth of July, cities and towns all over the country host fireworks shows. People often try to add some spark to their own celebrations, too, but in some cases, they use fireworks that aren’t deemed safe and sane.
Every year around this summer holiday, the City of Visalia, California, tracks down revelers in the area who set off illegal fireworks. Leading up to and on the Fourth of July, the fire department’s fire prevention team coordinates with the police department to patrol Visalia in search of people using illegal fireworks.
In years past, fireworks-related calls for service inundated dispatch, and fire and police radio traffic buzzed with, “Fireworks reported in the vicinity of Dunworth and Parker,” or “…Vine and Goddard,” or “…Norman and Sweet.” While these brief descriptions informed patrol teams about the reports and where they were coming from, they gave no context as to how the reports were related to one another or even when they each came in....