Future firefighters in the making: Brother-and-sister team Sam and Violet Yaws of Littleton prepare the water hose from a 1901 Waterous steamer. Littleton’s 32nd Fire Muster at Arapahoe Community College last year was ablaze in fun with the annual parade of firetrucks. Photo by Stefan Krusze 2017
Fire buffs of all ages will converge in Historic Downtown Littleton Saturday, June 16, in anticipation of the 33rd annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster. Held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this free, family-friendly event has been sponsored since its founding in 1985 by Schomp Automotive in partnership with Mile High Hook Ladder, an all-volunteer antique fire truck club “dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of fire apparatus in America.”
The parade starts at 9 a.m. sharp at the intersection of Bannock and Littleton Boulevard, Littleton Fire Rescue’s classic white 1914 Federal Chemical Truck will lead the impressive lineup of antique rigs followed by modern in-service fire/rescue apparatus representing fire departments along the Front Range. With brass bells clanging and sirens wailing, the procession will roll west down Littleton’s Main Street; turn south on Curtice; then “muster” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), 5900 South Santa Fe. With the recent merger of Littleton Fire Protection District with the much-larger South Metro Fire Rescue, spectators can expect to see an increased number of unique emergency vehicles on display.
At ACC, aerial platform trucks will hoist their ladders sky-high to spray water on the crowds below, offering refreshing relief if it’s a typical hot summer day. During the realistic “lights and sirens” extrication demonstration, firefighters will pry apart a crushed car with a Jaws of Life to remove an accident “victim” and transport him (or her) to an ambulance waiting nearby.
Doug Klink, founder of The Reliance Fire Museum in Estes Park, will transport a couple of ornate, gold-scrolled apparatus from his collection of rescue rigs representing America’s rich firefighting history. Members of the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol will be on hand to help junior firefighters get drenched during the bucket brigade, don heavy protective bunker gear worn by on-duty firefighters and aim high-pressure fire hoses at the House-a-Fire.
Other fun and educational activities include free fire truck rides and a kids’ fire safety obstacle course provided by the Denver Firefighters Museum, the Colorado State Patrol’s “Alive at 25” crash car, and the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley’s Adoption-mobile. Food, beverages and Muster T-shirts will be available for purchase. Parents are reminded to pack sunscreen, hats and a change of clothes in case their kids get soaked.
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