The South Burlington Fire Department hosts their Annual Fire Prevention Day Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 1, 575 Dorset Street. The Vermont Fire Safety Trailer will be at the event along with opportunities for child seat safety inspections, EMS education and free lunch.

“Fire Prevention Day provides an opportunity for community members and their families to meet and speak with their local first responders, ask questions about the services we provide and see up close the equipment that is funded by the taxpayers,” said SBFD Lt. Bradley Dattilio, who is the department’s fire prevention education coordinator.

SBFD’s observance launches National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, an initiative of the National Fire Prevention Association. The organization has been the official sponsor of the week for more than 90 years.

The theme of this year’s event is “Not every hero wears a cape – plan and practice your escape.” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that burned from Sunday, Oct. 8, to early Tuesday, Oct. 10. The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed during early October.

“Quality customer service is extremely important to the mission of our fire department and we love to interact with community members outside of an emergency setting,” added Lt. Dattilio. “This event offers something for the entire family.”

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