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Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition June 4

The Burn Institute’s Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby presented by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 is back again with exhilarating firefighting demonstrations and the crowd favorite, Firefighter Demo Derby.

Firefighters from Escondido will be taking part in the thrills and fun.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Diego County Fair inside the Del Mar Arena (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd). Admission into the event is free with the purchase of a fair ticket.

Designed to heighten public awareness of modern emergency services, the Fire & Safety Expo will feature all the thrills and firefighting fun that have made the event a summer favorite with families for over 25 years. At noon the event kicks off with the Burn Run Parade made up of dozens of fire engines and apparatus trucks that announce their arrival into the fairgrounds with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Throughout the day, live safety demonstrations will be taking place including a vehicle fire suppression from Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, the Chula Vista Police K-9 Unit, and a vehicle extrication using the “Jaws of Life” by Santee Fire Department.

Eighteen firefighters will compete head-to-head in customized derby cars during the Firefighter Demolition Derby. This year, the event will once again feature double the derby action with preliminary heats at 1 p.m., last chance qualifier heats at 4 p.m. and the final event at 6 p.m. KUSI car aficionado, Dave Stall, will be calling all of the action from the main floor. Firefighters volunteer their time to build the derby cars from scratch and fundraise their way into the competition. All donations collected by the teams benefit the Burn Institute’s fire and burn prevention and burn survivor support programs.

Derby teams from the following fire departments will be crashing their cars for charity: Alpine Fire | Bonita-Sunnyside Fire | Camp Pendleton Fire | Carlsbad Fire | Coronado Fire | Escondido Fire | Heartland Fire Rescue (4 cars) | Imperial Beach Fire | Imperial Beach Fire-Rescue Lifeguards | Lakeside Fire (2 cars) | National City Fire | Oceanside Fire | San Diego Fire-Rescue | Viejas Fire.

Youth Media Festival May 31

On Tuesday, May 31, the Escondido Union School District will host the 7th Annual Escondido Youth Media Festival at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, located at 340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

A showcase of student entries will take place from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., with the awards ceremony from 7– 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Categories for this year’s festival includes Class Video, Individual Video, Individual Photography, and Individual Audio. Awards will be presented in each category for Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, and 6th— 8th Grade.

The Escondido Youth Media Festival is a celebration of the creativity and 21st Century skills of elementary and middle school students from the Escondido Union School District.

“The Festival promotes students’ work in their home community and on a global platform,” said Kathy Shirley, Director of Technology and Innovation for the Escondido Union School District. “Put simply, there is a lot of good news to share, and we want you to see it firsthand.”

This year’s festival is sponsored by the Escondido Union School District, Escondido Elementary Education Association and Bellamy’s Restaurant.

Series on change continues with talk May 28

What is the best first step in solving the climate crisis, and how can individuals help? These questions will be addressed in a talk by T. Todd Elvins on Saturday May 28, at 2 p.m. at the Vista Library. The library is located at 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista.

Dr. Elvins holds a PhD in Engineering from UCSD and currently serves on the executive team at a San Diego clean-tech company. For a decade Dr. Elvins teamed with earth, ocean and space scientists at the UCSD Supercomputer Center.

There will be an opportunity for questions and comments.

This presentation is one of an ongoing series sponsored by the North County Climate Change Alliance and other concerned local groups with the goal of providing opportunities for local residents to become informed about, and engaged in the climate change issue.

For more information contact Dave Peiser at or Bobby Kingins at

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