Monte Vista Journal | Monte Vista Fire Department hosts annual chili dinner


MONTE VISTA – The Monte Vista Fire Department hosted its annual Chile Supper fundraiser on Saturday, November 13.

There were in-person seats and all firefighters wore masks and gloves, but masks were optional for people who attended the event at the fire station from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Red and green chili was served at the event, accompanied by a whole or half-baked potato. Dinner also included cornbread or tortilla, as well as toppings including broccoli and cheese, regular hot cheese sauce, butter and sour cream.

The fire station had many different cakes for dessert, including carrots, German chocolate and red velvet.

Resident Vanessa Sanchez was excited about the event and supported the firefighters.

“Our family is still trying to support the firefighters as a few of our family died in a fire years ago in Denver, Colo.,” She said. “We believe in the support of these great firefighters. It is a truly laudable cause; we have to help our firefighters because they help us.

Sanchez was also happy to see it revert to its original format. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, firefighters hosted a drive-through dinner.

“I remember being sad with the way we picked up food,” Sanchez said. “I know it was a good thing because of the COVID and the pandemic and we had to be careful, but these are also the little things that people take for granted, being able to share a meal in their community. My family feels relieved this year that we can come to the fire station and eat together.

The Monte Vista Fire Department provides emergency response and fire protection services to the community. The department covers a total of 202 miles in Rio Grande County, including the areas of Chapman, Homelake and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Fulcher Gulch and Rimrock Ranch.

The Monte Vista Fire Department provides a host of services to the community, including hazardous material inspections, replacement of smoke detectors, and training on home fire plans. The fire department also responds to calls for help, including medical emergencies, rescues, motor vehicle accidents, and calls to carbon monoxide detectors.

The firefighters said they were satisfied with the participation.

“Dinner is going really well this year, we have been very busy, a lot of people have come this evening,” officials said. “We really appreciate it. It helped us a lot to get additional tools. We had an alligator with it a few years ago and stuff like that, it was awesome. The community has done good for us.

For more information on the Monte Vista Fire Department, visit its Facebook page.


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