Each year the nation’s fire services observe National Fire Prevention Week on the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire (October 9, 1871). This is an opportunity to promote fire prevention and fire safety throughout the country. In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, October 5– 11, the City of Milton Fire Department will host their fourth annual “Fire Prevention Week Open House” from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 11, 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, Santa Rosa Medical Center, Northwest Florida Blood Center, 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 will be available, along with free samples from Krystal, Chick-Fil-A, Whataburger and Texas Roadhouse. The following local businesses also generously support the event: Grocery Outlet, Winn Dixie, and 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 750 will attend this event.