Safety preps underway for Red, White, KaBOOM - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Safety preps underway for Red, White, KaBOOM

Posted: Updated:
Promenade, Festival and International parks sit peacefully still today.  But in less than 48 hours, thousands of families will pack the lawns and river banks to watch July fourth fireworks light up the sky.   Toledo police plan to post a mobile command unit and three portable cameras downtown, in addition to extra boots on the ground both in uniform and plain clothes.  Officers will monitor the cameras at the real-time crime center, responding as needed.

"We will probably have more officers on the fourth of July than any other day of the year," says Sgt. Joe Heffernan with the Toledo Police Department.  "The portable cameras, that seems to really cut down on people doing dumb things like starting fights or stealing things."

The patrols don't stop on the land.  Crews from Toledo Fire & Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, DNR and the Lucas County Sheriff's Office will be on the water keeping an eye on boaters.
"All of our stations are fully manned at this time on July fourth," says Lt. James Long with the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Toledo. "We will have responders here in downtown Toledo as well as other fireworks locations over towards the islands." 

Coast Guard leaders suggest boaters keep a personal beacon on board and leave a float plan with loved ones in case of an emergency.  Life jackets are highly recommended, even for strong swimmers.  And just like the rules of road, alcohol is prohibited for the person behind the wheel.

"When you drink and boat, your chances of getting injured in the water go up dramatically," says Lt. Long.
Safety leaders say the days never go exactly as planned.  But having the crews and manpower ready to go makes the holiday safer for everyone.


"There will be plenty of officers around. We just everyone to be responsible," says Sgt. Heffernan. "If you are going to be drinking, drink responsibly.  And just be courteous."

The Red, White, KABOOM show starts around 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4.  There is no cost to attend.  Spectators will be able to get into Promenade Park starting at 6 p.m.

To get information about upcoming boater safety courses, click on http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/coursesearch .
  • LocalMore>>

  • Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:20:58 GMT
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...
  • Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Fallen Sandusky officer memorialized

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:48 GMT
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
    Memories of officer Andy Dunn are still fresh in the minds of his fellow Sandusky police officers."He was a fun loving guy," Sandusky police chief, John Orzech said.Now, three and a half years after his death, Dunn has an honor chair inside of the department. His name, the department badge and the date he was shot and killed in the line of duty are engraved into the wood."We feel blessed to have this chair in our roll call room to keep Andy's memory alive," Chief Orzech said. Tributes to thei...
  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Major construction project could tie up traffic

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:20:52 GMT
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
     A major construction project is about to start along State Route 420 in Wood County and that could mean delays for drivers, but ODOT hopes it will eventually clear up congestion.
  • Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Early Head Start aims to offer services for whole family

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:44:51 GMT
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
    Students in Toledo's Head Start program are headed back to school soon. For the first time the program is being run by Toledo Public Schools.
  • Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Cedar Point to announce 2015 plans

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 12:20:58 GMT
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...
    Cedar Point is just weeks away from it's annual HalloWeekends celebration, but we're just hours away from a big announcement. The Sandusky amusement park is set to release details on a plan for next year. There's a lot of speculation regarding a new ride, or even a revamp of some of the older rides like Mean Streak, Blue Streak or Mantis. Weeks ago, the amusement park offered to rename one of its rides for Lebron James if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James did decide to return to t...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!