Fire Fest returns to South Shore |

Fire Fest returns to South Shore

Each year the fire agencies on the South Shore, including the U.S. Forest Service, the Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, and the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, along with the Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club and the California Conservation Corps, host an annual event called “Fire Fest.” This event highlights Fire Prevention Week. Originally focused only on fire safety and prevention, eventually the event evolved to include all of our safety agencies, creating a day celebrating fire and life safety for children and families. Avista, Sierra Pacific Power, South Tahoe Public Utility District and South Tahoe Refuse joined forces with Fire Fest and added energy conservation and home safety aspects to this event, making it a broad ranging community event with interests for everyone.

Many local agencies donate staff time to organize this event, while local retailers provide prizes and displays that enable the event to deliver lots of positive information in an interesting way. El Dorado County health Promotions, South Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club, and El Dorado County Sheriff STAR volunteers provide fingerprinting, bicycle, car seat and other programs for children’s safety. The California Conservation Corps volunteers assist throughout the event. Food and beverages, provided by Kiwanis Club, are available at reasonable prices.

Activities include lots of fire engines and equipment, CHP roll over vehicle, auto extrication, police dog demonstrations, exhibits, free hand out material and lots of special attractions for kids, like water fights, face painting, clowns, and Ronald McDonald, Smokey Bear, Woodsie Owl and Sparky.

Fire Fest 2002 is schedule for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Tahoe Middle School. Admission is free so it’s a great opportunity for families to have fun while learning about safety and conservation.

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