Vail Fire and Emergency Services hosts open house |

Vail Fire and Emergency Services hosts open house

VAIL — Vail Fire and Emergency Services is inviting community members to stop by the West Vail Fire Station for an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The family-friendly event will include station tours, equipment displays, a rappelling demonstration and a kids’ obstacle course in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. Activities also include fire safety information on smoke alarms, exit drills and carbon monoxide alarms presented by the Fire Prevention Division. Free hot dogs and chips will be served as well.

About National Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. This year, fire fighting agencies from across the country will be emphasizing the life-saving importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom. The theme is “hear the beep where you sleep.”

Firefighters visit schools

In addition to the open house, Vail fire personnel shared their fire prevention messages with students at Red Sandstone Elementary and Vail Mountain schools earlier in the week.

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“The single most important step one can take to prevent a fire death in the home is to make sure they have smoke alarms and to test them regularly,” said Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak. “Many people assume that if there is a fire they will have ample time to escape; the reality is that in most home fires you will have less than three minutes to escape safely.”

For more information, call 970-479-2252 or email Vail Fire Marshal Mike Vaughan at

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