As the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns to another year, billions of people celebrate around the world by lighting up the night’s sky with fireworks. This time-honored tradition is an essential part of ringing in the new year, but it does not come without risk. If those lighting the fireworks are not careful, they can end up catch wooded areas or even their home on fire. In these situations, they will likely depend on local firefighters to come to their rescue.

While it may seem obvious not to set off fireworks around wooded areas, some will undoubtedly do just that which carries the risk of starting a large, uncontrollable fire. When this situation occurs, local firefighters will be called into action to handle the blaze. It is their job to control the fire and keep it from threatening homes in the neighborhood.

But it is not just fireworks that pose a threat as the new year arrives. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rank third and fourth behind Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when it comes to days in which the most fires caused by candles occur. This is largely due to people leaving flammable Christmas decorations, such as Christmas trees, up until after the new year comes.

When these unforeseen fires arise and start to spread, the firefighters battling these blazes need as much help as they can get. In these situations, communication is essential for the safety of the firefighters and of those they are protecting. P25 radios offer the necessary interoperability to ensure that, even if other departments join in the battle, all the firefighters will remain in constant contact. RELM Wireless is proud to serve these public servants by providing top-quality P25 radios to allow them to do their job to the best of their ability. It’s a partnership that will help everyone stay safe this New Year’s Eve.