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Firefighters plan annual free chili dinner Nov. 10

Posted: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

MONTE VISTA — Watch for a hot time in the old town Nov. 10 when the Monte Vista Fire Department cooks up their annual free chili supper from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the fire station.

The firefighters stage this annual event to show the community how much their support is appreciated.

Firefighters/planners note that 2012 has proven to be a busy year, not only for the Monte Vista Fire Department, but also for fire departments across the nation.

“This year, we responded to more than 220 calls, ranging from fires, car wrecks, HAZMAT and emergency assists,” said Fundraising Chairman Cody Sullivan.

In addition to calls, Sullivan said, the department has provided fire education to area schools, community businesses and service organizations.

Sullivan said fire inspections for commercial and residential buildings continue to increase. While many hours are spent on calls, he added that an equal number of hours are spent on training firefighters. In 2012, the department reached 1,200 man hours of training for the year.

“Our goal this year is to purchase an additional thermal imaging camera to enhance firefighter safety, as well as an inflatable fire safety house to be used in our public education program,” he said. The specialized training house will help teach our community the importance of fire safety drills and how to safely exit a home in the event of an emergency, One will be on display the night of the chili supper.

“This year, we are privileged to have local author Donna Templeton on hand to sell and sign her newly released children’s boo, “Mother’s Surprise.” All proceeds from sale of the books that evening will be donated to the Monte Vista Fire Department. All donations are voluntary and tax-exempt.

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