The Monticello Fire Department is kicking off National Fire Prevention Week with a community open house.
The community event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Monticello Fire Department’s station of Sixth Street West, which is located immediately west of the Monticello Community Center.
Event features include fire and rescue vehicles and equipment on display, station tours and an opportunity to meet your local firefighters.
There will be a car seat clinic and informational displays from Wright-Hennepin Electric and Just Drive, Inc. CentraCare Health will be landing an air care helicopter on scene.
In addition to car extrication and fire extinguisher demonstrations, there will be a Spray house, and bounce house on site, as well. Refreshments will be provided, including hot dogs and popcorn. T-shirts will be for sale.
National Fire Prevention week has been celebrated since 1922, when it was founded by the National Fire Protection Association. Three years later, in 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is ““Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”