8/24/2017 First Responder’s Alley: New to the Colorado State Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017
Contacts: 
Christi Lightcap, (720) 480-8672, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
Levi Ropp, (719)-289-4425, cda_csf_media@state.co.us
                                               
First Responder’s Alley: New to the Colorado State Fair
 
PUEBLO, Colo. –A new attraction is coming to the 2017 Colorado State Fair!  The First Responder’s Alley is a combination of local and rural emergency personnel joining forces to encourage conversation and educate the community about safety and health. Throughout the Fair, these organizations will provide a variety of activities including live extrications, K9 demonstrations, and a firefighter boot camp for the kiddos!
 
Some of the community organizations that will be participating are: The Pueblo Fire Department, The Pueblo Police Department, The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, AMR (American Medical Response), Colorado State Patrol, The Red Cross, ACOVA (A Community for Victim Assistance), and more! Each department will have an informational tent with streaming videos, department representatives providing literature, speaking to Fair goers, and giving tours of their life-saving equipment.
 
First Responder Alley is located on the West side of the wall between the Weatherport Tent and the Rodeo Arena.  Informational booths are provided each afternoon.  Including the 911 Bus which offers the “Get Low and Go” safety program and hands-on CPR clinics hosted by AMR. 
 
The Alley will be open
Mon-Thur: 3:00-8:00pm
Fri, Sat, Sun, & Labor Day: 12:00-8:00pm. 
 
There are also special events scheduled at specific times.  These special events will take place in the grassy area in front of First Responders Alley (behind the Sea Lion Splash).
 
Date & Time
Event
Description
Sat., Aug. 26, 12–7:00pm
Charity Dunk Tank
Throw a ball, hit the target to see a Sheriff’s Deputy or a Police Officer take a swim in the dunk tank!  All proceeds will go to raise funds and awareness for Colorado Special Olympics.
Sun., Aug. 27, 3:00pm
Wed., Aug 30, 6:00pm
Sat., Sept. 2, 3:00pm
On-Site Live
Vehicle Extrications
The Pueblo Fire Department, Pueblo Police Department, AMR and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office work together to demonstrate a mock car crash. The Jaws of Life and other specialty equipment will be used to free the “victims” from badly damaged vehicles. 
Sun., Aug. 27, 3:00pm
Sat., Sept. 2, 3:00pm
K9 Demos
Drug-sniffing dogs will locate and alert on hidden items in a realistic scenario.
Tues., Aug. 29, 5:30pm
Fri., Sep. 1, 5:30pm
 
Fire Fit Kids
A mixture of CrossFit and firefighter boot camp workout.  Expect to see kiddos doing tire flips, hose drags and Army crawls.
 
Other attractions include antique police cars and armored vehicles on display, a variety of first responder’s equipment, a SWAT robot from the bomb squad, the Sheriff Department’s MRAP armored vehicle, firefighters climbing a 100’ ladder on the fire truck , escape plans, and 911 communications.
 
The Colorado State Fair runs August 25 - September 4, 2017.  For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.
 
The 2017 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair's 145th year as Colorado's premier celebration of agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado's ties to the Hispanic culture. 
 
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