Annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster a 26-Year Littleton Tradition
Littleton, CO -- Antique fire truck collectors and active fire departments along the Front Range are gearing up for Mile High Hook & Ladder's 26th annual Fire Truck Parade & Muster, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18th in Historic Downtown Littleton. Hosted by Littleton Fire Rescue, this free family event has been presented by Ralph Schomp Automotive since its founding in 1985 in partnership with Mile High Hook & Ladder, an all-volunteer antique fire truck club "dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of fire apparatus in America."
At ACC, fire truck enthusiasts of all ages can line up for a fire truck ride; climb in and on vintage and state-of-the-art fire apparatus; observe fire safety demonstrations; and get drenched in traditional firefighter games, including the bucket brigade and barrel blast. Visitors can shop for firefighting souvenirs and memorabilia provided by the Firefighters Museum.
Junior firefighters are invited to don heavy bunker gear worn by real firefighters, or crawl through a fire safety obstacle course set up by the Denver Firefighters Museum. For a change of pace, they can race Soap Box cars driven in the SERTOMA Mile High Soap Box Derby (including specially-designed cars for youngsters 8 to 17 with special needs).
Doug Klink, owner of the Reliance Fire Museum in Estes Park, will transport a couple of his historic rigs to the muster. Embellished with gleaming brass fittings and gold scrollwork, these magnificent trucks will join more than 50 handsomely restored antique fire apparatus and massive modern emergency vehicles --from platform ladder trucks, to specialized firefighting rigs such as Littleton Fire's Water Rescue vehicles and "Kermit", a giant lime green foam-dispensing aircraft firefighting vehicle operated by the North Metro Fire Department.
Snow cones, ice-cold beverages and fire hose spray will help cool off the crowds, but attendees are reminded to wear hats, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.
For more information: visit schomp.com or milehighhookandladder.org.