Golden community invited to hang with its firefighters on Sept. 8

Safety and Preparedness Day and GoldenFest offer opportunities for education, fun

Posted 9/5/18

Simply put, it’s fun to spend the day with the Golden Fire Department. “They’re always super friendly,” said Tamara Sturdavant, Golden City Brewery’s general manager. “It’s hard to …

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Golden community invited to hang with its firefighters on Sept. 8

Safety and Preparedness Day and GoldenFest offer opportunities for education, fun

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Simply put, it’s fun to spend the day with the Golden Fire Department.

“They’re always super friendly,” said Tamara Sturdavant, Golden City Brewery’s general manager. “It’s hard to imagine the community without them.”

On Sept. 8, the Golden community will have two opportunities to interact with, learn from and support the Golden Fire Department.

In partnership with the University of Colorado Burn Center and Colorado State Patrol, Golden Fire Department is hosting its eight annual Safety and Preparedness Da, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Golden Fire Station #1, 911 10th St., in downtown Golden.

“It is a free event where citizens can learn about not only fire safety, but life safety and injury prevention in general,” said Jerry Stricker, Golden Fire Department’s deputy chief/fire marshal. He added, “this event is a way to help Golden Fire Department move their mission of prevention, in collaboration with our emergency services partners.”

Families are encouraged to attend. For parents, services and resources offered include car seat checks and many opportunities to obtain safety education. The whole family can participate in tours of fire trucks and ambulances, game-based fire and burn education and other activities.

An approximate 10-minute walk away, more of Golden’s firefighters will be hanging out at Golden City Brewery. The brewery is hosting its 24th annual GoldenFest from open, 11 a.m., to close.

“A lot of the Golden Fire Department is made up of volunteers,” Sturdavant said. “We like to help support them.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of a limited edition GoldenFest mug will go directly to the fire department. The mug costs $10. The design is unique each year, Sturdavant said, and this year, it includes both the fire department logo and the Golden City Brewery logo.

A local musician will perform from noon to 2 p.m., a food truck will be there all day and firefighters will be playing games with the crowd. Children are welcome.

Admission is free but all donations will benefit the fire department.

In the past, the fire department has been able to purchase axes, other tools and special firefighting attire for the crew from the money raised at GoldenFest, Sturdavant said.

“It’s the community of it all,” said Steve Mustin, a longtime, frequent customer of Golden City Brewery who has attended GoldenFest a number of times. And “a good way for us to give back in a meaningful way.”

Golden is a smaller town, Mustin said, so over time, you become friends with your fellow community members.

“The fire department is right in the heart of the community — literally,” he said. “This is a great way to come out and meet the people who protect our community.”

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