Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue open house draws hundreds to station


If there was a prize for the best open house, the Windsor-Emergency Fire Separation, 100 N. 7th St., would win hands down.

On Saturday, the fire department hosted a community open house that included a barbecue, bouncy house, climbing wall, sprinkler zone to cool off, fire truck and ambulance tours and much. community spirit.

To prepare for the expected crowd of around 1,500, the resort team went on a grocery store hike, purchasing 1,000 hot dogs, 1,500 hamburgers, buns, condiments, crates of water and of soda, and boxes of crisps of all kinds. .

“It’s part of our education and public awareness efforts, part of what we do and bring the community together. So everything is set up by the firefighters, ”said Chief Kris Kazian. “It’s a great community that we are thrilled to be a part of and enjoy today. “

WINDSOR, CO – JUNE 12:18 month old Reece Speck, in blue striped, smiles as he plays in the water from an automatic fire extinguisher during the Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Open House at Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Station 1 in Windsor June 12, 2021. The event, which has been held annually for the past 18 years, offered free food and activities for families. (Alex McIntyre / Personal Photographer)

As firefighters and paramedics worked behind barbecues flipping burgers and grilling hot dogs masterfully, some family members helped by handing out soda, water and fries.

A junior fire course challenged kids on an obstacle course where they had to wield a fire hose, crawl to a huge tire, then hit it with a hammer – with the help of a good firefighter safe – then haul a bundle of hoses through cones, while wearing tiny firefighter gear and helmet.

WINDSOR, CO – JUNE 12: Alex Torres, 13, right, offers his little sister Cali Torres, 5, center, a hand as they climb up to view the top of a heavy rescue truck during Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Open House at Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Station 1 in Windsor on June 12, 2021. The event, which has been held annually for 18 years, offered free food and activities for families. (Alex McIntyre / Personal Photographer)

Byron Bromwell and Greeley resident Nate McCarty, with the American Trucking Association’s Share the road program, were there with a huge semi-truck.

Share the Road is a nationally recognized program that teaches drivers of all ages how to share the road with large transport vehicles and some of the challenges truckers face while driving, such as blind spots, driving abilities, stopping and turning problems.

Visitors had the opportunity to get into the cabin and sit behind the wheel of the large vehicle.

“We want people to get in the cab and see what we see as professional truck drivers. Events like these allow us to help educate the community about road safety, ”said McCarty. “It’s really telling for a lot of people. People don’t realize that our biggest blind spot is on the right. They also don’t realize that it takes longer to stop and longer to start.

WINDSOR, CO – JUNE 12: A participant climbs a rock wall during the Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Open House event at Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue Station 1 in Windsor on June 12, 2021. The event, which takes place every year for 18 years, free food and activities for families. (Alex McIntyre / Personal Photographer)

Visitors also had the opportunity to ride on vintage fire trucks as well as a horse-drawn carriage provided by Mountain shadow cars. Darin Henry, who is a firefighter for the department as well as in Kersey, owns the business and pulls out a few of his high horses to give visitors free carriage rides at annual events.

“Darin enjoys doing these events because one of his passions is sharing our horses with people, especially children,” said Gina Henry, Darin’s wife. “One of the reasons we have horses is so we can share them with people. “

WINDSOR, CO – JUNE 12: Firefighter Brent Jungemann, right, helps Malakai Lowe, 2, spray a fire hose at a children’s obstacle course during the Firefighters Open House in Windsor-Severance at Windsor-Severance 1 Fire Station in Windsor on June 12, 2021. The event, which has been held annually for 18 years, offered free food and activities for families. (Alex McIntyre / Personal Photographer)

In addition to games and activities, participants had the opportunity to donate blood or be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The department has held the annual Open House for 18 years – not counting 2020, which has seen several events canceled in Greeley, Windsor, Evans and around County Weld.

WINDSOR, CO – JUNE 12: Asher Williammee, 3, center, walks the course to pick up and drag a fictitious fire victim to safety as part of a children’s obstacle course at the Gates event Open Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue in Windsor -Severance Fire Rescue Station 1 in Windsor on June 12, 2021. The event, which has been held annually for 18 years, offered free food and activities for families. (Alex McIntyre / Personal Photographer)

“I had four contingency plans based on what COVID looked like at the time. We were really lucky that things got better the way they did and we were able to open our station to the public on June 1st and we resumed all public outreach and education, ”said Rebecca Clark , life safety educator and event coordinator. “I planned it for months, and we just wanted to be a big ‘welcome’ to the community. This is our family, and we wanted your family to join us. For us, it’s all about the family.

For more information on events and activities organized by Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue, go to www.wsfr.us.


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