Families learn to prepare at Golden Fire Department's returning event

Safety and Preparedness Day in-person for first time since 2019

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 9/19/22

Golden’s Sarah Alexander and her family had such a blast at the 2019 Safety and Preparedness Day that they couldn’t wait to go to the next one.

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Families learn to prepare at Golden Fire Department's returning event

Safety and Preparedness Day in-person for first time since 2019

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Golden’s Sarah Alexander and her family had such a blast at the 2019 Safety and Preparedness Day that they couldn’t wait to go to the next one.

While the wait was longer than expected, Alexander and her 4-year-old, Grant, returned to Golden Fire Department’s Station No. 1 for the Sept. 17 event.

Golden Fire Department’s annual Safety & Preparedness Day returned after being virtual for the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizer Jon Priestly explained. It typically draws 500-600 attendees.

Golden Police Department, Jeffco Open Space, Golden Lions Club and a dozen other organizations hosted stations at this year's free event. Throughout the morning, they taught children and adults everything from how to properly use fire extinguishers to what 10 essentials to take on a hike.

Priestly, a GFD investigator, said the department has hosted the event for 13 or 14 years. It’s a great way for firefighters to give back to the community, he described, and teach everyone how to be safe and prepared in a fun way.

It also allows children and families to meet first responders in a non-emergency setting, he added.

Alexander also felt it was a great way to introduce children to first responders, adding that Grant was too young to enjoy it in 2019.

Golden’s Jon Rood and his 3-year-old son Oslo live close to Highway 58, where they see and hear emergency vehicles going by several times a day. Attending the Safety and Preparedness Day was a chance for Oslo to see the emergency vehicles up close, Rood said.

He appreciated how there were a variety of activities for families, saying the grease fire demonstration was very impressive.

Denver’s Nick Soloninka and 3-year-old son Ben happened to be in Golden to walk along the river when they stumbled across the event. They were happy they had, Soloninka said as Ben was having fun looking at the fire trucks while waiting to get his face painted.

Considering their 2-year-old Owen is obsessed with “fire cars,” Becca and Derrick McBride enjoyed bringing their two youngsters to the event. The Golden family visited all the participants’ stations, and Owen picked out a toy firefighter helmet and lots of other goodies from Safety and Preparedness Day.

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