DOUG GREENER: Better to be safe (and sane) than sorry

Bakersfield Fire Chief Doug Greener.

On July 5, it’s incumbent upon me as the fire chief to begin to complain about another year of chaos, fouled air, people running wild with fire in the streets, and “war-zone” like neighborhoods. My usual firefighter-driven modus operandi is to bemoan the aftermath of the Fourth of July holiday fireworks debacle, and try to shame us all into behaving next year, before the smoldering is even out across the city. This year, I want to do something different.

First, I’ll begin by thanking all the responsible citizens that voluntarily brought illegal fireworks to

Bradley Vaughn, right, and his class graduate from the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy on Thursday at Centennial High School.

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