By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Wrightwood) – The 8th Annual Wildfire & Disaster Preparedness Day in Wrightwood was a great success. There were many booths with great information about disaster preparedness. Free hot dogs, popcorn and water were offered.
The event offered many activities for kids. The rock climbing wall had a long line for most of the day. Several children could be seen climbing the wall at any given time. Right near there kids could use a real fire hose to help Serrano Fire Camp volunteers put out a small house fire. Sparky the Fire Dog and Smoky Bear were walking around, stopping to pose for pictures with everyone. The dunk tank was very popular. Several children cooled off at the Home Fire Fighter Nozzle display, a “magic” water barrel that never filled up!
Firefighters from Cal Fire opened up their trucks for visitors to climb in and check out. The fire department also brought their educational fire trailer to teach visitors about fire safety in the home.
Many visitors to the event brought their dogs. The Victor Valley Animal Protective League offered low cost micro chipping for the animals. There was also a display of a new item to help animals after a fire. Pet oxygen masks are for animals that are suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire. A few of these masks are now onboard some of the battalion chief’s fire vehicles. The group is raising funds to get masks on board every fire vehicle in the County.
Disaster preparedness items were available for sale at a reduced price, including fire extinguishers, generators, and water barrels. A popular item was the Fire Fighter Nozzle sold by the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council. It is a replica of a nozzle that firefighters use on their hoses. This one attaches to a garden hose and can handle up to 250 psi!
Many agencies and groups came together to make this Wildfire & Disaster Preparedness Day even better than last year.