Media Contact: Tiffani Nichols, Scottsdale Fire Department
(480) 312-1816 office or PIO pager (602) 229-9640
Scottsdale Fire Department will host the inaugural Wildland in the Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at the Rio Montana Park and Fire Station (11160 N. 132nd Street, Scottsdale).
Wildland in the Park is a new, family-friendly event that will educate residents about common issues found in urban interface areas, where homes and businesses are built into the natural desert environment. Some of the common issues unique to these areas include brush fires, desert wildlife, invasive plants and hiking safety.
Scottsdale Fire Department will offer interactive exhibits including wildland firefighting apparatus such as the brush truck, tanker and a specially equipped off-road vehicle, along with personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools. Children will also have the opportunity to participate in fire exit drills and learn more about fire and injury prevention.
Liberty Wildlife, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates native wildlife, will provide a variety of exhibits, such as snakes, desert turtles and a Gila monster, along with educational materials.
Additional information from the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy on local hiking trails, invasive plants, and wildfire prevention will also be available.
For information, visit www.ScottsdaleFD.com or call (480) 312-8000.