Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hot ticket

Appreciate your fire services and help wounded soldiers

Express Staff Writer

Kids can get a hands-on experience with firefighting techniques this weekend at Festival Meadow in Sun Valley. Photo by Willy Cook

It's definitely one of the hottest events of the season, and it's time again for the Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments' eighth annual Fire Services Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 23.

The public can enjoy a visit from Smokey Bear, helicopter tours, a car extrication demo, aerial tower rides, live fire extinguisher training, water ball, tug of war and a barbecue at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road in Sun Valley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lt. Paramedic Lara McClean said she remembers block parties in New York when she was growing up and knew it would be a crowd pleaser here, where volunteer firefighters are also teachers, doctors, parents and other community folk.


"This has gotten huge and it's really inspiring to see," she said. "It's a nice way to get to know us outside of our day jobs."

Arrive a few hours early and cheer on those who will undergo a rigorous exercise course to raise money for the soldiers and veterans served by Higher Ground.

Fight to Survive is a 20-minute workout fundraiser that includes sand-bag hefting, deadlifts and jumps. Prizes will be awarded to men and women in each weight class/division. It begins at 9 a.m.

To register call 720-7717. Registration is $25 and includes event T-shirt. For more information, visit

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