Fire Muster bigger and better this year

Annual parade and demos to feature South Metro gear

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Littleton’s annual Fire Muster will host some cool new gear this year, courtesy of South Metro Fire Rescue.

The annual fire truck parade and firefighting demonstration event on June 15 will feature rigs like South Metro’s tracked vehicle, a snowcat that was famously used to extract stranded drivers in March’s “bomb cyclone” blizzard.

South Metro’s high-tech gear will appear alongside organizer Mile High Hook & Ladder’s beloved antique firetrucks, according to a news release.

The parade, which will begin at 9 a.m. at Bannock Street and Littleton Boulevard, will be led by a 1914-vintage Federal Chemical Truck, which long served as a symbol of the now-defunct Littleton Fire Rescue.

The parade, which includes firetrucks large and small, old and new from around the Denver metro area, will wind up in Arapahoe Community College’s north parking lot at 10 a.m.

Visitors can get up close and personal with vehicles like the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office’s Mobile Command Post and Bearcat vehicles. Activities include a Jaws of Life demonstration, chances to put on bunker gear and shoot firehoses, and a helicopter landing — circumstances permitting.

More than just fun, the event is a chance to educate people on fire safety, said Division Chief Jerry Rhodes, who is South Metro’s liaison to the event.

“If we can teach people to prevent fires and accidents, everybody’s a lot safer,” Rhodes said. “How often do you get to hang out with firefighters, check out their gear and ask questions?”

Event hosts are Mile High Hook & Ladder, which preserves firefighting history, and Schomp Automotive.

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