Fans of fire trucks and first responders, we’re happy to report that the 35th annual Mile High Hook & Ladder Fire Muster — postponed last year due to the coronavirus – is making a comeback on Saturday, June 19th in Historic Downtown Littleton!
Proudly presented by Schomp Automotive since its founding in 1985, this free, family-friendly event is being held in partnership with Mile High Hook & Ladder, an all-volunteer antique fire truck club “dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of fire apparatus in America.”
Three years ago, South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR), which merged with Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR), came on board as our public safety partner. SMFR’s 29 stations in the south metro area provide emergency and prevention services to approximately 540,000 residents and thousands more who come into our communities to work in Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
The day begins with a fire truck parade at 9 a.m., departing from the intersection of S. Bannock St. and Littleton Blvd. In honor of Littleton Fire’s rich firefighting legacy, the agency’s classic white 1914 Federal Chemical Truck will lead the noisy procession of handsomely restored antique rigs and massive, modern in-service fire-rescue apparatus west on Main Street, turns south on S. Curtice St., then “musters” (gathers) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), 5900 S. Santa Fe.
Parade – 9:00 a.m.
Littleton Blvd. west through
Historic Downtown Littleton
Muster 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Arapahoe Community College
5900 South Santa Fe, Littleton
Antique & Modern Fire Rescue Rigs
Children’s One Emergency Transport Helicopter Landing
“Jaws of Life” Auto Extrication Demonstration
Junior Firefighter Games
During its realistic “lights and sirens” auto extrication demonstration, SMFR firefighters will pry apart a crushed car with a powerful “Jaws of Life” to remove an accident victim and transport him (or her) to a waiting ambulance. Soon after, spectators are advised to hang onto their hats when the Children’s One Flight Team lands their neonatal/pediatric emergency helicopter.
The South Metro Safety Foundation (SMSF) is bringing Engine ½, a scaled-down fire truck with kid-sized bunker gear. SMSF techs will demonstrate hands-free CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defribrillator)
Healthcare workers from area hospitals, including UC Health, Children’s Colorado, and Littleton Adventist will share health, wellness and safety tips. Members of the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol will be on hand to help junior firefighters join in the bucket brigade and aim high-pressure hoses at the House-a-Fire. Kids can take selfies with the U.S. Forest Service’s Smoky Bear.
The 2021 Muster will have a strong emphasis on safety and emergency preparedness, with the addition of the National Weather Service based out of Boulder, and disaster relief vehicles representing the Salvation Army and American Red Cross of Colorado.
Muster t-shirts, ice-cold beverages, and hamburgers grilled by volunteers from the Knights of Columbus will be available for purchase. Parents are reminded to pack cameras, sunscreen, hats and a change of clothes ‘cause the kiddos are sure to get soaked!
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