Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. 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.
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, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
2022 Marks the 100th Anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, and runs from October 9, 2022 to October 15th, 2022.
On the last day of Fire Prevention Week, October 15th, our District will be holding an Open House at our Aptos location, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. A number of first responder and disaster relief agencies will be attending, including Red Cross, State Parks Lifeguards, AMR, Soquel Creek Water District, Santa Cruz County CERT and more! A special prize raffle will be included, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Santa Cruz County Fallen Officers Foundation. We hope to see you there!