CONTRIBUTED MILE HIGH HOOK & LADDER
Littleton, CO – Fans of fire trucks and first responders are invited to the 34th annual Mile High Hook & Ladder Fire Muster from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th in Historic Downtown Littleton. The all-volunteer antique fire truck club is gearing up for what has become a much-anticipated Father’s Day weekend tradition. Entering a new era, the Fire Muster is being held in partnership with South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) whose merger with Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) means fire buffs of all ages can expect to see participation by a greater number of firefighters and unique state-of-the art fire/emergency vehicles.
Presented by Schomp Automotive since its founding in 1985, the day begins with a fire truck parade at 9 a.m. sharp, departing from the intersection of S. Bannock St. and Littleton Blvd. In honor of Littleton Fire’s rich firefighting legacy, LFR’s classic white 1914 Federal Chemical Truck will lead the noisy procession of antique rigs and modern in-service fire-rescue apparatus as it rolls west down Main Street, turns south on S. Curtice St., then “musters” (gathers) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), 5900 S. Santa Fe.
Chief Bob Baker says, “I am thrilled that South Metro Fire Rescue is part of the 2019 Fire Parade and Muster. Having a long line of family tradition in the fire servie, I know how special this event is for families to come together and enjoy the antique fire trucks parading through Downtown Littleton. We are looking forward to connecting with the community and being involved in this wonderful annual celebration.”
At ACC, South Metro will showcase its powerful Snow-Cat, a tracked vehicle used to rescue stranded drivers during the recent historic “Bomb Cyclone”. During its realistic auto extrication demonstration, SMFR firefighters will pry apart a crushed car with a Jaws of Life to remove an accident victim and transport him (or her) to a waiting ambulance. Soon after, spectators are advised to hang onto their hats during Air Life’s thrilling helicopter landing nearby. The South Metro Safety Foundation (SMSF) is displaying its wrecked Survivor Car to graphically illustrate the importance of wearing a seat belt. Youngsters can have their pictures taken next to the Foundation’s Engine Half, a scaled-down fire truck with kid-sized bunker gear. SMSF techs will demonstrate hands-free CPR, how to use an AED (Automated External Defribrillator) and will provide car seat installation tips.
This year’s Muster will have a strong emphasis on safety and emergency preparedness, with the addition of the National Weather Service based out of Boulder, and disaster relief vehicles representing the Salvation Army and American Red Cross of Colorado. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 8 Youth Preparedness Council will offer guidelines on how to be better prepared in the event of a disaster. Its youth Ham Radio Operators will discuss the importance of emergency communications.
Area hospitals will have a bigger presence than ever, with Littleton Adventist Hospital, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado taking part in the festivities. Teens keen on a career as a paramedic or firefighter will have a chance to meet representatives of fire science programs offered at ACC and Metro State University.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is featuring its Mobile Command Post and armored Bearcat vehicles, and a MARS (Mobile Adjustable Ramp System) platform used by SWAT teams for exterior entry into second or third story buildings.
Doug Klink, founder of The Reliance Fire Museum in Estes Park, is planning to pump water from his magnificent gold-scrolled, coal-powered 1901 Waterous Steamer. Members of the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol will be on hand to help junior firefighters join in the bucket brigade, try on heavy protective bunker gear worn by on-duty firefighters, and aim high-pressure hoses at the House-a-Fire. Kids can take selfies with Smoky Bear alongside a U.S. Forest Service Truck.
Schomp SPARK community volunteers will hand out kids’ fire helmets, fresh hot popcorn and cotton candy made on-site. Other fun and educational activities include free fire truck rides, a toddlers’ fire safety obstacle course provided by the Denver Firefighters Museum, 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 ‘cause their kids are sure to get soaked!
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