For four hours on Saturday, guests of all ages packed onto and into Fire Station 80 for demonstrations, fire safety talks and materials, food, discussions with emergency preparedness workers and volunteers, and to sit inside fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. They also watched as emergency helicopters landed on the grounds of the fire stations, and then gathered around for a closer look.
Smokey Bear made an appearance, posing for photos, and Cal Fire rescue crews demonstrated how to extinguish various types of kitchen fires and how they remove a vehicle’s roof and doors to extricate accident victims.
Youngsters also had the opportunity to enter a coloring contest that promised a range of prizes. Among the numerous booths at the open house, members of Ramona High School’s Song Team sold baked goods and candy to raise money for their trip to competition in Florida in March.
Youngsters will have the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of fire engines, meet Smokey Bear and watch emergency helicopters land during Ramona Fire Department’s annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Among other activities will be up-close viewing of a Cal Fire dozer and a Mercy Air helicopter, Jaws of Life demonstrations and stove fire demonstrations. The family event will be at Fire Station 80, 829 San Vicente Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
An interactive fire safety trailer, California Highway Patrol and San Diego County sheriff’s booths, and Ramona Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) booth are among other open house features.
Mexican food will be available, and music is planned.
Anyone wishing more information may call 760-788-2269.
The culmination of a ten-month narcotics operation, initiated by the sheriff’s Ramona substation, resulted in the arrests of 23 people in the early morning today, and seizure of 72.2 grams of methamphetamine, five pounds of marijuana, 147 marijuana plants, and prescription pills, reported Lt. Rich Williams at the Ramona station.
Six search warrants were served by the sheriff’s department in Ramona, along with one search warrant in Carlsbad and one in La Mesa. Twenty people were arrested in Ramona, two in La Mesa and one in Carlsbad, according to the report.
Five candidates are on the Nov. 4 ballot for three seats on the Ramona Unified School District Board. Seeking election to four-year terms are Joyce Daubert and Richard Lemire and incumbents Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody.
Coming Home Night Carnival, ‘Johnny Brooke: A Ghost Story’ opening, annual quilt show, Ramona Fire Department Open House and Ramona VFW’s Christmas in October dinner are among events in Ramona Thursday through Sunday.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. — California Highway Patrol is conducting alternating traffic control on Wildcat Canyon Road by Old Barona Road while crews replace a power pole that was hit in an early morning collision.
A multiple vehicle accident occurred around 1:20 a.m. and one of the vehicles is believed to have hit the San Diego Gas & Electric pole, stated the CHP website. Wildcat Canyon Road was shut down between San Vicente and Willow roads just before 6 a.m. and commuters were told to take state Route 67, according to reports.
Everyone from disadvantaged youth interested in attending college to chamber members wanting to “set the table” for community collaboration are among this year’s recipients of Ramona Community Foundation grants.
Nine nonprofits received checks ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 during the foundation’s third annual awards ceremony. The $29,200 awarded this year brings to $84,450 the total of foundation grants given since 2012.
Forty-two first-year cadets with Ramona High’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp took part in their first formal ceremony this month.
The cadets, considered recruits prior to the Oct. 7 ceremony, will learn discipline inside and outside of the classroom, Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ernst promised parents, who sat in the school’s stadium as their students stood shoulder-to-shoulder in military uniform on the track.
The driving force behind Dave Harbour’s agritourism business is one that most parents can relate to: He’s doing it for the kids.
“The whole idea was to help my special needs son, Shea,” said Harbour, who owns the continually-growing Harbour Farm on state Route 67 just east of Dye Road. He explained that 14-year-old Shea has autism and said statistics show that autistic adults often have menial jobs.
Ramona Fire Department responded to:
Sunday, Oct. 12
•Medical aid, 2200 block El Paso Street.
•Medical aid, 1600 block Griffith Road.