Updated: May 31
PLEASANTON – Pleasanton’s “Let Freedom Ring” annual fireworks show on July 2 is back on after concerns earlier this month that none of the city’s firefighters had volunteered to do the pyrotechnic display.
At the Pleasanton City Council meeting on May 9, Fire Chief Rob Dent told the council that the firefighters who volunteered annually in the past indicated that they would not be available this year.
At the council meeting on Monday, May 23, City Administrator Teresa Whitaker told the council that firefighters who had licenses agreed once again to orchestrate the fireworks display. However, she said the city was looking for volunteers to work the show and who would be interested in becoming licensed for future shows.
She said the firefighters would be particular in selecting those volunteers who will, city official hope, not only help this year but will be interested in getting a display operator’s license. She said that those who apply for a license with the state this year would need to work with experienced, licensed operators for a couple of shows before being certified themselves.
According to the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office, an applicant must be at least 21 years old with no felony convictions. The applicant must pass a written examination by receiving a score of 80 percent or above.
In addition an applicant must assist with three displays within four years under a display operator who has a valid Kansas permit at the time of the displays. The licensed display operator who holds a Kansas operator's permit must sign off on each of the displays, and permit status at the time of the shoots will be double-checked.
The license must be renewed every four years, which again includes passing a written examination.