Open House at the Mountain Fire Station
By Alesha Damerville
The Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue will celebrate 120 years of service to the Steamboat Springs community with an open house at the Mountain Fire Station from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
“We generally meet residents during emergency situations,” said Fire Chief Mel Stewart. “The open house provides an opportunity to learn more about the men and women that serve our community and understand what we do as a department.”
During the open house, enjoy a cookout featuring free burgers and hot dogs; adult and kid activities such as face painting, hose spray, agility test (do you have what it takes to be a firefighter?), fire extinguisher training; and car seat safety checks. No open house is complete without a dunk tank, where you can take aim at the fire chiefs and other dignitaries.
The majority of the department’s fire trucks, ambulances and equipment will be on display including the ladder truck with its 105-foot ladder. Guests can hop in and check out each vehicle as well as sign up to climb the ladder. In addition, residents will be able to tour the Mountain Fire Station and experience where firefighters are based during their 24-hour shift. The station garage bays will host the history of the fire department and will highlight some of the larger fires and events that have occurred in the community.
For more than a century Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue has served the City of Steamboat Springs and the surrounding community by reducing human suffering and property loss, protecting the environment, and promoting life safety through incident response, public education, and fire prevention programs. Responsible for an area of roughly 384 square miles, the department responded to nearly 2250 calls (average of 6/day) for services in 2016.