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Fireman's Open House and Fire Prevention Week


Aleta Pearson

Marv Nelson and Rodney Rasgorshek stand before the new lockers that have recently been installed at the fire department thanks to generous donations.

The second week of October every year marks Fire Prevention Week throughout the country.

Originally the event was created to commemorate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed 17,400 structures burning over 2,000 acres in the process according to the National Fire Protection Association website. These days, Fire Prevention Week is used to educate on prevention and promote preparedness in case of wildfire.

Fire Chief, Rick Wynne says that fire prevention week, "is all for the community" although they do focus mainly on the kids. T...

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