Firefighters prepare for Fire Prevention Week |

Firefighters prepare for Fire Prevention Week

SUMMIT COUNTY – Next week, children and their parents will get the chance to use fire extinguishers, tour a Flight For Life helicopter and watch firefighters rescue people from mangled vehicles as part of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6 to 12.

Firefighters from the various departments in Summit County regularly instruct elementary school students on fire safety issues. But they will intensify those efforts this week, said Kim O’Brien, fire prevention officer with the Red, White and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge.

Firefighters will teach preschoolers that if they’re in a fire, they shouldn’t be afraid of firefighters who come looking for them wearing heavy equipment and breathing like Darth Vader. They also will teach kids to stay close to the floor when leaving or escaping a burning building and how to “stop, drop and roll” if their clothes catch fire.

Firefighters will reiterate those lessons to kindergartners and first-graders, and teach them the difference between good fire – in the fireplace or stove – and bad fire – anywhere else.

Emergency 911 dispatchers will visit second-graders and teach them how and when to call for an ambulance, the fire department or a police officer. Firefighters also will teach third-graders about smoke detectors and exit drills in the house.” Students will draw a floorplan of their homes, map two means of escape from their rooms and designate an outside meeting place.

Firefighters will teach fourth-graders about hazards in the home and instruct them to walk through their homes with their parents to look for improperly stored chemicals, frayed wires, loose electrical sockets, smoke detectors that don’t work and other dangers.

Students at Summit Cove, Dillon Valley, Silverthorne and Frisco elementary schools also get to take part in a “combat challenge.” Teams will navigate a maze while carrying a charged fire hose and spraying objects off a cone. The fastest team wins.

Firefighters will teach fifth-graders about juvenile fire-setters and caution them not to set fires for fun, informing them of the consequences should such a fire get out of control.

“They’re going into middle school, and the propensity for experimentation with lighters and cigarettes is greater,” O’Brien said.

Open houses

Snake River Fire Department will hold its open house Oct. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the main station in Keystone, 22393 Highway 6, in Keystone. It will feature a barbecue, ladder rides, smoke house and a target shoot with fire hoses. Representatives from the American Red Cross, Summit County Ambulance and Chim-Chimenee will be on hand to discuss safety issues, and children can try to win a T-shirt by participating in a variety of fire safety stations. There also will be a raffle.

Snake River volunteers will host a pancake breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the main station. Kids 2 and younger are free, 3-12 cost $3.50 and 13 and older are $5.

The Red, White and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge will hold its annual open house from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 9. The open house will feature free food, home exit demonstrations, 911 call simulations, a smoke room, fire extinguisher training, kitchen safety, blood pressure checks and flu shots.

The Red, White and Blue and Lake Dillon districts will present a Safety and Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the High Country Training Center in Frisco. Demonstrations will include a Flight For Life landing, vehicle extrication, live-fire evolution, fire extinguisher training, photos with Smokey and Sparky, flu shots, ambulance tour, a Colorado State Patrol “Seat Belt Convincer,” free knee screens and blood pressure checks and food. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., firefighters will be available to check infant and child car seats to ensure they are installed properly in vehicles.

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