RCFD reports nearly eight percent rise in call volume over Fourth of July weekend

Firefighters responded to 220 calls for service last weekend, which is up from 204 calls from 2020.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department is reporting an increase in calls over the Fourth of July.

Firefighters responded to 220 calls for service last weekend, up roughly eight-percent from last year. Between 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. July 6, 35 fires were reported,  31 of them grass fires. Four of those fires occurred in dumpsters.

R.C.F.Ds C-Shift Crews responded to 76 calls on July 3 with 10 fires being among the calls.

The fire departments’ A-Shift Crews responded to 90 calls on the Fourth of July with 25 of those calls being fire related.


Firefighters say while its critical to be careful when lighting fireworks — it’s just as important to dispose of them carefully.

“It’s always a good idea to have a bucket of water. Once the fireworks are done, put em’ in the bucket of water, let em’ sit and soak over the night,” said Brian Povandra, the Division Chief of Fire Operations for the Rapid City Fire Department. “That’s probably to account for those four dumpster fires over the weekend are discarded fireworks, that were discarded improperly.”

The last day to light off novelty fireworks legally in Rapid City is July 11.

For more information on regulations concerning fireworks, click here.

Categories: Local News, South Dakota News