COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Fire Prevention Week was Oct. 7 - 13. It was first established in 1922. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge issued the first proclamation for fire prevention week, making it a national observance.
Fire prevention week occurs every year during the week of Oct. 9 as a recognition of the Great Chicago Fire that occurred Oct. 8, 1871. This tragic fire killed more than 250 people and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
Defense Logistics Agency Columbus Fire and Emergency Services recognizes the importance of fire prevention and fire safety education. FES holds several specialized events each year during fire prevention week.
This year FES hosted an open house at the fire station Oct. 9. The open house was open to everyone on the installation and allowed those who work on or are visiting the installation the ability to see the equipment and capabilities of FES. A wide variety of tools and equipment were on display. Visitors were able to look at the fire trucks, try on gear and handle various tools used by FES members on a daily basis. FES personnel also helped spread the message of fire prevention week to those who stopped by.
FES members paid a visit to the Child Development Center Oct. 10 with special guest and mascot Sparky the Fire Dog.
Sparky was accompanied by a firefighter who was fully dressed in the turnout gear worn by FES members during emergencies.
Sparky is a fan favorite for the children of the CDC and his presence helped relax the children when they saw the fully dressed firefighter.
The goal of having a fully dressed firefighter present during the fire prevention week activities at the CDC is to make sure the children know what FES members will look like when they come to help.
Increasing a child’s familiarity with a firefighter can ease some of the fears they’ll have during an emergent situation.
The annual Navy Birthday Regatta was Oct. 11.
FES personnel stood by during the races held at the Eagle Eye Golf Course pond, in case a water rescue was required.
FES personnel also took advantage of the gathering to help spread fire prevention week materials amongst the crowd. This proved to be highly successful and more than 200 associates were given the Fire Prevention Week information and materials.
The materials could be taken home and shared with their families to increase fire safety and awareness.