Citizen Centennial 8.2.13 Centennial Arapahoe County, Colorado • Volume 12, Issue 37 August 2, 2013 A Colorado Community Media Publication ourcentennialnews.com Agencies getting in sync Area fire departments hold training to work on using same language By Jennifer Smith email@example.com Tyler “Pig Pen” Jones smiles from the cab of his Pig Pen Racer. Jones, a resident of Centennial, was part of the annual demolition derby race at the 2013 Arapahoe County Fair. The race pits driver against driver, with the last vehicle moving declared as winner. Photos by Deborah Grigsby Demolition man has SmaShing career Centennial resident dishes the dirt on derby racing By Deborah Grigsby firstname.lastname@example.org I t’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. And according to Tyler Jones of Centennial, that somebody is him. With his long dark locks and well-tanned hide, Jones looks more like some sort of magazine cover than a demolition derby driver, but the driver of “Pig Pen Racer,” a cannibalized Ford F-250 club cab pickup truck, says the idea of driving around in circles smashing into other vehicles is appealing. “Where else can I drive like this and not get a ticket,” he said. “Or worse yet, sued?” Jones was among several derby racers at the Fifth Annual Demolition Derby Race on July 28 at the Arapahoe County Fair. Open to drivers 16 and older with a valid driver’s license, the all-amateur event pits drivers against each other in a muddy ring, each vying to disable the other by brute force. Drivers smash into each other, and the last operational vehicle either advances to the next round or is declared the winner. Demolition continues on Page 11 At left: Peace, love and mud. Centennial demolition derby racer Tyler Jones flashes a peace sign as he leaves the arena after a disappointing defeat at the 2013 Arapahoe County Fair Demolition Derby Race. At right: Mud flies high during the demolition derby at this year’s Arapahoe County Fair. Rain-soaked reggae helps fight cancer Marley band members play for charity organization By Deborah Grigsby email@example.com Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. At least that’s the way Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Marley most likely would have felt when a thunderstorm blew through Centennial Center Park July 27, drenching music lovers at the Second An- nual Reggae in the Park concert. Although wind and rain thinned the crowd, Marley’s band, The Original Wailers, played on to benefit Cancer Care Initiative, a charity organization dedicated to bringing the best mix of traditional and alternative cancer-fighting therapies to those in need. “The City of Centennial is honored Cancer Care Initiative selected Centennial Center Park as the location for their event,” said Mayor Cathy Noon. “Despite the rain, I think everyone who attended had a good time.” With a selection of classic Marley tunes and a few from their Grammy-nominated album, “Miracle,” The Original Wailers kept the crowd swaying until the very last note. Lead guitarist and original band member Al Anderson kept the familiar licks coming. “I didn’t really care so much about the rain,” said Wailers fan Jacob Mills of Denver. “My friends and I are here mainly to dig the spirit of the man, Bob, and for the spirit of what this event supports.” Reggae continues on Page 11 Supervisors with Littleton Fire Rescue, West Metro Fire Rescue and South Metro Fire Rescue are being trained to talk the same talk. “We run with each other a lot, so we want to communicate identically,” SMFR Capt. Ken Walker explained during a training session July 25. They’re using the Blue Card Command Certification Program, designed to bring departments into compliance with national standards required to be eligible for Homeland Security funds. Centennial is served by both Littleton Fire Rescue and South Metro, depending on the area of the city. “Each department wants to get better at running a call themselves and, in turn, as a group,” said Walker. “This way, we can kill two birds with one stone.” A major focus of Blue Card is the actual words the firefighters are using on scene, so everyone understands each other and radio chatter is minimized. Walker said the goal is to be clear, concise and brisk with their orders. “Radio time is very precious, and people can get killed in the first five minutes,” he said. The supervisors sit in classes, then practice what they learned by running virtual drills on computers, communicating via real radios. On July 25, the scene was a burning strip mall. They worked on eliminating extraneous words like “at this time” or “please,” and whether to call a particular truck a “ladder” or a “tower.” “This training and certification program produces incident commanders that make better decisions that will potentially eliminate the lethal and/or costly mistakes that cause injury, death and unnecessary fire losses in the local response area,” according to the program’s website. There’s been some concern about how long the training takes firefighters out of service. Chief John Mullin said the 50 hours of training for all 39 supervisors will require taking one engine out of service for the duration. Past training meant down time for two engines and one ambulance, he said, calling this an improvement. Joel Heinemann, president of the Littleton Firefighters Association, thinks Blue Card will generally be a good thing. But he is concerned that until the whole department is trained, not just the supervisors, it could create confusion. “In general concept, it’s the right thing to do,” he said. “Anything to improve communication is a step in the right direction.” Printed on recycled newsprint. Please recycle this copy.