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EVENTS

Under this page we will let the community know of any events taking place within the Navajo Nation that pertain to public safety.


Fire Prevention Week
Date: October 2011
Location: Selected Schools Navajo Nation Wide
Sponsor: Navajo Nation Fire Department
Contact: (928) 871-7557
History:

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they'd been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

Event:

The Navajo Nation Fire Department plans to visit selected schools within the Navajo Nation to teach children about fire safety and how to get out of a burning home. Teaching the necessary prevention and survival skills will be accomplished through the use of the fire and life safety trailer. We plan to visit schools throughout the nation during Fire Prevention Week. You may still request a visit from the fire safety trailer by contacting us.

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