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Better safe than sorry during busy holiday weekend

The sight of sirens and emergency personnel was likely a common one if you visited Door County this past weekend.


According to Door County Dispatch records, 237 incidents were reported from July 1st to 7 a.m. July 5th. 

Nearly 20 of those calls were related to fireworks being shot off. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue responded to two fires during the weekend. The first occurred on Friday when a plug connected to a touring bus at the Door Community Auditorium shorted out. The second was a small grass fire on Sunday that got away from the homeowner who was on the scene with a limited amount of water with him at the time. In both cases, Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges says he appreciated the fact that they were called before things got out of hand.

Emergency personnel also responded to three water rescue calls over the weekend in Egg Harbor, Liberty Grove, and Baileys Harbor. Baileys Harbor Fire Chief Brian Zak and Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald could not be reached for comment on their towns’ incidents. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht said the water rescue call they had near Sand Bay Lane was more of a miscommunication among family members than an emergency. He did add that it brought up the importance of having a float plan and a way to communicate with friends and family if you are going to be out on the water.

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