Child’s Play

Something we love about the Big Chili Cook-off is the Fireman’s Challenge, where a representative from each one of the fire stations performs a simulated fire rescue in full gear.  Prior to the kick off of the Challenge there is another competition.  Pint size firefighters run the rescue in modified gear, but with just as much heart.  Matt Scheel from Elk Creek Fire Rescue makes the arrangements and supervises the children’s portion of the Challenge.  When all of the tiny participants have performed their rescue they each receive a ribbon, commemorating their success in completing the course.  Matt and his helpers make sure that every child comes away feeling like a winner, hopefully whetting their appetites for future fire rescue participation.  The Blue Spruce Kiwanis are all about investing in the lives of children and want to thank Matt Scheel and the firefighting crews for their commitment to the smallest ones on that important day in September.


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