Each year the nation’s fire services observe National Fire Prevention Week on the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire (Oct. 10, 1871). This is an opportunity to promote fire prevention and fire safety throughout the country.
In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 – 13, the City of Milton Fire Department will host their third annual “Fire Prevention Week Open House” from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Fire Station on Stewart Street.
This very popular event features tours of the fire station and fire apparatus, fire safety information, displays of fire safety equipment, a fire safety puppet show, activities for children and lots of fun for the whole family.
Several area agencies partner with the fire department to support the event, including the Milton Police Department, Lifeguard Ambulance Service, Fire & Emergency Services Gulf Coast (Navy Fire) Station 1 aboard NAS Whiting Field, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Midway Fire Rescue District, Santa Rosa Emergency Management, Pace CERT, Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Florida Blood Center, Habitat for Humanity and the Blinded Veterans Association.
“This is our opportunity to promote fire safety and show off what our community offers in the way of emergency response,” said Fire Chief John E. Reble.
Free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks are available, along with free samples from Firehouse Subs, Krystal, and Texas Roadhouse. The following local businesses also generously support the event: Grocery Outlet, Winn Dixie, Bunny Bread, Coca Cola Bottling Company.
A special effort is made to promote this event among local elementary schools. A video announcement was filmed by members of the fire department and distributed on in-school ITV systems. It is expected that roughly 600 will attend this event.