Delta Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) will be holding its annual fireworks show at Confluence Park on Wednesday, July 4, having received approval from Delta City Council at the council's June 5 meeting.
The DVFD has 28 volunteers and expects to have eight to 10 firefighters from Cedaredge join them this year. They have contingency plans to pull firefighters from the fireworks display to respond to emergencies in the city should such occur.
Delta Police Chief Luke Fedler said there were two or three fires in the city on July 4, 2017. The police department will have extra people on duty July 4 to respond to emergencies and do damage control.
Fedler added his department has huge concerns about fireworks this year because it is an especially dry year.
The council considered a notification from the Delta Volunteer Fire Department regarding Stage 1 fire restrictions in and around Delta County. Stage l fire restrictions have been adopted by Delta County, Montrose County, Mesa County, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.
The Stage 1 fire restrictions were adopted due to extreme fire conditions resulting from extended hot, dry and windy weather in the area.
The DVFD recommended that Delta prohibit the sale of fireworks since fireworks are not allowed during Stage 1 fire restrictions.
Council considered a resolution imposing a ban on the sale, exchange, barter or trade of fireworks and issuance of temporary permits in the City of Delta.
Councilmember Christopher Ryan moved the council not approve the resolution, but look at a way to provide safety education. Councilmember Kevin Carlson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Ryan noted the inconsistency in approving the fire department's permit for the annual fireworks show, then banning fireworks stand permits.
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