Local fire officials and supporting agencies are teaming up for National Fire Prevention Week October 9th -15th. The Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative is working to raise fire safety awareness by passing on a few simple reminders that could save lives, homes and natural resources.
To commemorate the event, fire agencies from throughout Douglas County will be on hand October 11th through the 14th at Home Depot in Roseburg with numerous activities for kids and adults. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up close personal look at emergency helicopters, fire trucks, and the state arson and bomb unit and robot.
Fire safety displays will include a fire safe house and fire displays. Patrons will also be treated to free hot dogs and cold drinks.
The Fire Marshals Association of North America sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day on October 9, 1911, in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire on the same date in 1871. The modern Fire Prevention Week evolved from a desire to mark the anniversary of the destructive Chicago fire with educational activities and safety reminders.
The Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative is made up of 37 fire departments, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshall, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Umpqua National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and American Red Cross.