The department's non-profit arm, Firefighters, Inc. runs a stand in the parking lot of Fast Lanes in Lowell. The stand is the group's only fundraiser of the year, and profits go toward the firefighters' banquet and several donations the group makes to charities throughout the year. As the list of cities banning fireworks gets longer, fire fighters hope the sales don't stall.
"I don't think it will," says Captain Josh Chapman. "People love the Fourth of July and people like to celebrate, so I don't think it's going to be a big deal for us."
If sales do drop off, firefighters may be forced to pay for the banquet out of pocket, Chapman says.