Don’t miss Fire Fest this Saturday |

Don’t miss Fire Fest this Saturday

Helicopters from CALSTAR, Care Flight and the U.S. Forest Service will once again be among the attractions at this year’s Fire Fest 2006, on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Tahoe Middle School, 2940 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. The event is free.

Air medical personnel will be on hand to answer questions and explain how they help patients when they need immediate care services available outside the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Fire Fest is hosted by local fire agencies, including Lake Valley Fire District, the U.S. Forest Service, the Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, Fallen Leaf Fire District, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department and the Tahoe Basin Fire Safe Council, and sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club. This event highlights Fire Prevention Week and includes all of our safety agencies, creating a day celebrating fire and life safety for children and families.

Over the past 15 years, organizers have distributed hundreds of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for local homes, reduced incidents involving children and matches, met the people who help us in emergencies, fingerprinted hundreds of our children, provided bicycle helmets and bike and car seat safety checks, and, overall, created safer homes, vehicles, streets, neighborhoods and forests.

Activities include fire engines and equipment, rollover and vehicle extrication, police dog demonstrations, home safety ideas, free hand-out materials and special attractions for kids, including water hose contests, face painting, abounce house and visits by Ronald McDonald, Smokey Bear, Woodsie Owl, Sparky the fire dog and Chipper.

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