DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Every year around the Fourth of July, rescue teams around Houston County prepare for more accidents as people are traveling and celebrating the holiday.
Rehobeth Fire and Rescue EMS Captain, Heather Thomas, says they see an increase in traffic accidents and outdoor fires this time of year . She shares some ways to avoid those disasters.
“Just make sure you are being more aware of your surroundings and especially if you are driving,” Captain Thomas said. “Try not to pay attention to phones or anything like that you know. Just put away distractions at the time that you’re driving, just be aware of your surroundings and everything that going on on. If you’re doing fireworks and such so that you try to avoid these incidents occurring.”
Thomas says that even though they expect more people needing their help over the holiday weekend, they make it a point to stay calm and not to get overwhelmed by the increase of risk that can occur.
“Our mindset primarily, I feel, stays the same,” Captain Thomas said. “Yes we know it’s going to be busier, but we try not to get ourselves overwhelmed or worked up with the stuff that comes and goes. So our number one priority in Rehobeth is the safety of our community and the people passing through our area, so we make sure that we’re well equipped and we’re ready for the incidents when they occur.”
Last year the call volume for accidents was low due to COVID-19, but this year restrictions have been loosened for most areas.
Thomas isn’t sure what numbers to expect yet, but rescue services across the wiregrass say they are prepared for anything that may take place.