Fireworks with Firefighters will show kids how to set off safely

By Patricia Middleton
McPherson Sentinel – June 26, 2018

Photo by Patricia Middleton

July 2 is the first day you can legally set off fireworks in the city of McPherson, but a few booms will be heard earlier.

“Fireworks with a Firefighter” will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. June 28 in the 200 block of East Euclid, near Hopps Sound and Electric. The event is part of the Concerts for the Cause series.

“Our main focus of the evening is to teach and reinforce safe behaviors with setting off fireworks, especially with young people,” said Deputy Chief T.J. Wyssmann of the McPherson Fire Department.

In past years, the Fourth of July holiday brought calls for service when people suffered injuries or accidentally started fires when shooting off fireworks. To demonstrate both fireworks safety and how dangerous fire can be, the McPherson Fire Department will set up several interactive stations.

“There are some new things that we’ve added and things that we’ll continue to do,” Wyssmann said. “It should be a fairly packed evening.”

Attendees can try their hand at using a fire extinguisher on live fires.

“We’ll have tons of fire extinguishers there for them to use,” Wyssmann said. “We’ll have two fires burning the entire time.”

CHS will also provide a digital version of fire extinguishing for participants to use.

In two modules, set up by Viega, the difference between a structure equipped with sprinklers and one without sprinklers will be shown when they are set ablaze.

“We’ll also show you how fast and intense a fire burns in this day and age,” Wyssmann said.

Children can play in the spray of water from sprinklers and fire hoses or pick up water balloons to throw at a “Kids’ Car Wash.” There will also be two bounce houses open and a dunk tank will be set up.

Tacos, snow cones and popcorn will be available during “Fireworks with a Firefighter.”

The McPherson Police Department, McPherson Emergency Medical Services and American Red Cross will be present at the event.

The McPherson Fire Department will set up its fire command trailer so that seniors can fill out File of Life forms detailing their prescriptions and medical condition. They will be able to take the File of Life information home and place it in a conspicuous spot for first responders to find.

“That way, if they have a medical emergency, we have all their information,” Wyssmann said.

Live music will be performed at “Fireworks with a Firefighter” by Zach Batson, worship pastor at Journey Mennonite Church.

“There’ll be music throughout the whole show and then we’ll end it with our guys setting off fireworks,” Wyssmann said. ”…There should be a ton of seating, but if they want to bring chairs for the fireworks, that’s encouraged.”

Stover’s Restoration, Farm Bureau Financial Services and Viega are sponsors of “Fireworks with a Firefighter.”


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