In photos: South Tahoe takes part in annual Fire Fest |

In photos: South Tahoe takes part in annual Fire Fest

Photos by Kimberly KuntzA large crowd watches as victims are pulled from a mock crash during a demonstration at Saturday's annual Fire Fest at the airport.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The community came out in droves Saturday at South Lake Tahoe Airport to support our local heroes at the annual Fire Fest 2011.

The event allowed residents to meet regional law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel, and it featured exciting fire department competitions, a police dog demonstration and many other events.

Events tailored to the kids were especially popular, including up-close looks at five of the region’s helicopters (including CareFlight, a U.S. Forest Service H-516 and the Fallon Naval Air Station’s Blackhawk), face time with Smokey Bear, Sparky and other friends, and the always-fun bounce house.

Fire Fest is an annual event 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 City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, CalFire and the Nevada Fire Safe Council, and sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club. This year, Southwest Gas, South Tahoe Public Utility District, Liberty Energy, Clean Tahoe Program and South Tahoe Refuse added home safety, energy and water conservation to this broad-ranging community event.

The South Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club and El Dorado County Sheriff STAR volunteers assisted with the fun children’s activities, and the Lake Tahoe Fire Academy cadets assisted throughout the event.

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