Fire Prevention Week: A History - Central County Fire & Rescue

Fire Prevention Week: A History

Fire Prevention Week has been observed in the United States for nearly 100 years to commemorate the horrific Great Chicago Fire, which started Oct. 8, 1871 and killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 people homeless. Each year during the week of Oct. 9, children, adults and teachers nationwide learn how to stay safe in a fire.

Within CCFR, Fire Prevention Week is observed throughout October. When crews are not responding to an emergency situation, their efforts go toward educating the community about fire prevention. CCFR has developed a special curriculum that is delivered to students at every school in the area; crew members also attend community events and provide fire prevention training to high-hazard properties in the area.