National Fire Prevention Week
October 3rd-9th, 2021
The Harrisonburg Fire Department (HFD) is proud to participate in Fire Prevention Week each year. For the last 30 years, we have set up a large display at the Valley Mall. However, in light of COVID-19 and our community needs, we’ve decided to set up some safe, socially distanced fire safety displays and activities for families at Fire Station 1 (80 Maryland Avenue) during October 4-8 and 11-15. We know that during these unprecedented times it is good to have fun, safe outlets for families. We are scheduling private tours for school groups, families, and other organizations. Please contact Erin Stehle at 540-432-7703 to schedule or if you have any questions. Masks are required! In addition, we have several events and activities throughout the month of October, so be sure to follow HFD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more information.
In addition to station tours, we are participating and/or hosting the following events open to the public:
- Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00am-2:00pm Lowe's Safety Event- includes touch a truck with first responder vehicles and activities for families
- Friday, October 8th from 4:00pm-6:00pm - Fire Department Convoy throughout the city
- Sunday, October 10th from 2:00pm-4:00pm- Cake with the Crew at El Paisano Bakery - Join us for fire safety and sweets!
- Saturday, October 16 from 10:00am-2:00pm-Fire Safety Rocks Event at the Dream Come True Playground
- Sunday, October 17th from 12:00pm-4:00pm-First Responder Touch a Truck at Urgie's Cheesesteaks and 15% of proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad
- Thursday, October 21st from 4:00pm-7:00pm- Family Night at McDonald's (Carlton St.), percentage of proceeds will benefit the Harrisonburg Professional Firefighters Foundation
- Wednesday, October 27th from 2:00pm-6:00pm Safety Event at Dream Come True Playground- car seat checks, touch a truck and more!
- Saturday, October 30th from 5:00pm-9:00pm Trunk or Treat at Rockingham Park
About Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic October 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
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