Steamboat Fire Rescue holds training session with students |

Steamboat Fire Rescue holds training session with students

Steamboat Springs High School junior Lucy Newman listens to Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Mel Stewart during a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course Wednesday at the school.
Matt Stensland

— About 25 Steamboat Springs High School students became potential lifesavers after completing a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course Wednesday.

“We’ve been doing it every year,” said Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Mel Stewart, who taught the class this week.

The certification took place during Kipp Rillos’ Medical Prep I class, which students take to learn about different medical professions.

In addition to CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, Stewart covered how to use an automated external defibrillator, the portable device used to jump-start a person’s heart.

Students felt empowered after completing the training.

“We’re no longer the bystanders,” junior Avery Globe said.

“We can be the ones to step up and help,” fellow junior Lucy Newman said.

The course is one of several efforts Steamboat Fire Rescue makes as part of its ongoing public education program. October is one of the busiest months for outreach as the department helps promote Fire Safety Awareness Month.

Steamboat Fire Rescue Public Education Coordinator Marnie Smith wrote in an email that fire departments across the country will be focused on Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 9 to 15.

Firefighters will visit Soda Creek Elementary School on Oct. 11 and Strawberry Park Elementary School on Oct. 13. Students will visit the fire safety house and learn about smoke detectors, escape plans and will be taught to stop, drop and roll.

“We will also have a firefighter dressed in their full bunker gear so that the kids can see what we look like when we go into a fire and the importance of kids not to hide from the firefighters who are there to rescue them,” Smith said.

Students in kindergarten thr­­ough second grade will participate in a coloring contest and compete for a Steamboat Fire Rescue puppet show for their class.

Third- and fourth-graders will be challenged to an escape-plan contest. The winners will receive a visit from firefighters who will help them implement the plan at their homes.


To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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