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it was a busy day for local 2164 members. ———just after 10 a.m. on tuesday, 10 units from smfr assisted castle rock fire rescue with a wind driven structure fire in the 4800 block of n. foxtail drive. simultaneous wildland fires near larkspur and sedalia were also challenging firefighters from all douglas county fire districts, including south metro. unfortunately 7 homes were damaged but firefighters did an excellent job preventing the fire from consuming more homes with such high winds. thankfully no one was injured and crfd is investigating the cause. ———just after 10:00 a.m. on tuesday, april 17, 2018, south metro was requested for an automatic aid wildland fire on the north side of highway 67 west of rampart range road in the pike national forest. with a red flag and high wind warning in effect and 60 mph wind gusts being observed; a pre-evacuation area was established from sugar creek to sedalia and additional resources were called. 11 units from smfr responded as well as strike teams from the west metro and north metro areas. a unified command was established between west douglas county fire, the u.s. forest service, douglas county sheriff and emergency management. 1 helicopter was used to make water drops and a dozer was used to aid firefighters in containing the fire. the incident was officially named the “indian creek fire” and as of 5:00 p.m. tuesday it was 20% contained. the fire was caused when a tree fell on power lines. no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.—— thank you smfr pio for the pictures and text.
today we had some four legged visitors from have paws will travel. have paws is a volunteer group that’s teaches guide dogs for the blind. the dogs gots to see firefighter morray in his full gear tour the truck and a medic.
three homes are on fire in castle rock. south metro fire rescue shared this video. no injuries are being reported and homes in the area have been evacuated.
from kusa-working at the south metro dispatch center, angie schell has heard quite a lot as the lead dispatcher. she's been doing this for 17 years, and most of the time she's talking people through their worst moments, but tuesday morning was different. "i've been the last voice that many people have spoken to, so it's really nice to be able to be there for their first breath, too." schell said. she answered the call at 9:05 a.m. and heard a man telling her a baby was coming. in the 911 call, you can hear schell telling the dad, "remember, the baby will be slippery, so don't drop it." she delivered a baby in a chipotle parking lot from 16 miles away. baby jaden flores was born at the exact time of 9:11 a.m. eventually, baby jaden made it to parker adventist hospital where his family said he's doing well. awesome job by all!
a red flag warning has been issued for the foothills and all of eastern colorado wednesday and thursday. low humidities down to 9% and sustained wind speeds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph will allow fire starts to increase rapidly.
from local 2403——————————————brett anderson was a member of our local and our department for many years. tragically brett succumbed to cancer in april 2017. brett left behind his wife cece, daughter and disabled parents who also lived in his home. cece is an amazing woman but this load is plenty for her to bear by herself. the adams county professional firefighters are committed to never leave our brother’s family behind. to assist the anderson family adams county professional firefighters will be hosting the 1st annual brett anderson memorial fundraiser. this event will be held at bruz beers denver (1675 w 67th ave #100) and will take place saturday april 21, 2018 6pm-11pm. the event will feature a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and beer brewed by local 2403 members. all proceeds from this event will benefit the family of brett anderson.
local 2164 members had the privilege of spending some time today at wings over the rockies, for the little hearts luncheon. this included a heart-warming fashion show and luncheon featuring models, who have been treated at the children's hospital colorado heart institute, all while walking the runway with doctors and firefighters! all proceeds from today benefit the heart institute.
today is autism awareness day and april is autism awareness month. autism is a developmental disability that affects the brain functions of an individual. individuals with autism often find social interaction to be difficult or near impossible, have problems with both non-verbal and verbal communication, have a limited number of activities they engage in or a limited number of interests and may demonstrate repetitive or restrictive behavior. this disorder affects males and females of all races in all parts of the world. as of 2016, autism now affects about one child out of 68 and these figures keep climbing. it is estimated that one out of forty-two boys will end up being diagnosed with autism and boys are 5 times more likely to have the disorder than girls. it is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the united states today and it is estimated that a family who has one of their family members diagnosed with autism will spend about $60,000 a year on treatment and care.
celebrated every march 29, vietnam veterans day is set aside as a day for americans to honor the courage and sacrifice of those who served in the vietnam war.
this saturday a portion of every ticket sold will benefit the colorado fallen firefighters foundation!
local 2164 members as well as south metro fire rescue pipes and drums had a awesome day yesterday. we hope you had a fun safe day.
please have a fun a safe st. patrick’s day!!
make sure you come on down to lone tree brewing this month!
after waffles tomorrow morning remember to move your clocks forward and take some time to change your smoke detector batteries out!
more critical fire danger is in store for northeastern colorado today. avoid open burns, tossing cigarette butts, and activities that create sparks. winds are expected to gust from 50 to 65 mph on the plains and 60 mph over the mountains.
red flag day today and tomorrow.