The local celebration and “Moment of Remembrance,” is part of this year’s Fire Prevention Week activities and will be held at the main fire station, 255 S. 100 West, in Bountiful, beginning at 7:45 a.m.
Other activities for the community run through Sept. 12 at open houses from 6 to 8 p.m. Each of the agency’s four stations will host for one night, according to the agency’s fire marshal, Dave Powers.
Fire Prevention Week activities will begin at station 81 on Monday, Sept. 9 An Air Med helicopter will be on site for the public to tour, as a special attraction that night.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, activities move to station 83, 125 S. Main, Centerville, where the public can view a rappelling demonstration and a ladder truck. This is only the second year the agency has held Fire Prevention Week activities at the Centerville Station. Powers said he hopes residents really come out for activities there.
Evening activities on Wednesday, Sept. 11 will be at station 85, 836 W. 1100 North, in North Salt Lake. There, fire crews will demonstrate a fire extrication.
To wrap us the week on Thursday, Sept. 12, the annual Junior Firefighting Challenge will be held at station 82, 701 Eaglewood Drive, in North Salt Lake.
Each night there will be activities planned for families, including cookie decorating, face painting and balloons.
National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 to 12 this year, but Powers said the agency wanted to get a jump on it.
“We’re hoping to get a better turnout, when the weather is a little better and it’s lighter at night,” Powers said.
When the event was held in October, residents often didn’t stay long because of the cooler temperatures and early sunset.
Traditionally, national Fire Prevention Week is observed during the week that Oct 9 falls on. President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential proclamation of the week on Oct. 9, 1925.
It commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that burned from the evening of Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 1871.
The fire is often blamed on Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, who supposedly knocked over a lantern, but the cause was never determined, according to the Chicago Historical Society’s website. At least 300 people died and $100,000 were left homeless.