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Eagle River Fire Protection District to host open house Saturday in Edwards

Eagle River Fire Protection District will host an open house at Station 12 in Edwards on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event, which will feature fun for the whole family — including interactive displays, games and information, as well as hot dogs straight off the grill — is free and open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The station is located at 1050 Edwards Village Boulevard in Edwards.

Kids can try their hand at squirting a fire hose at a “burning” building, get a tour of the station and learn about fire apparatus. Adults can learn about ways to be prepared for an emergency, important tips for creating defensible space around their homes and the proper use of fire extinguishers. Other stations include CPR/AEDs, car seat installation demonstrations, what to know when you call 911 and more.

“We are delighted to invite our friends and neighbors to visit our newest station,” said Tracy LeClair, the community risk manager for Eagle River Fire Protection District, in a news release. “We think this will be a lively, fun, informative and worthwhile event for all ages.”

Partner organizations participating in the event include: Eagle County Paramedic Services, Vail Public Safety Communications Center, Colorado State Patrol, Eagle County Office of Emergency Management, Vail Health, Vail Valley Salvation Army, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and more.

The Open House is part of Fire Prevention Week, which takes place October 6-12. During that time, Fire Districts throughout the valley (ERFPD, Vail Fire & Emergency Services, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and Gypsum Fire Protection District) will also be visiting local elementary schools, teaching kids about the importance of having a home escape plan.

This year’s campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households and families to develop and practice a home fire escape plan, and the role children can play in spurring their families to action. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, with a clear path to an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance from the home. Home escape plans should be practiced twice a year by all members of the household.

For more information, contact Tracy LeClair at (970) 471-5284 or tleclair@eagleriverfire.org.