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Posted on: October 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fire Prevention Month

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 9th to October 15th and this year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait.  Plan your escape.”  Read more about Fire Prevention Week activities throughout the community.

The Great Bend Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2022.  This year’s campaign, “Fire won’t wait.  Plan your escape”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

As in past years, Great Bend Fire Department personnel will be visiting local preschools and grade schools within the community to provide education to our youth.  

Preschool and kindergarten students will learn about fire safety topics like stop, drop and roll, smoke alarms and home escape plans.   Also, students will get the chance to observe a firefighter dressing in their gear and putting on their air pack.   This is done to hopefully eliminate some of the fear young children may experience of seeing a firefighter in their gear during an emergency.  We want to help children know that firefighters are there to help them and not to hide.

This year all kindergarten through 6th grade students will see a fire safety skit put on by Great Bend Fire Department’s C Shift.  These skits are created in a way to educate our youth by making it memorable and entertaining, so they remember the lessons they hear.

Every person within the department is involved in Fire Prevention Week and we typically see between 1,500 and 1,600 kids annually.  We encourage families to talk with their children about what they learned during Fire Prevention Week.  This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about fire prevention and safety, as well as review their home escape plans and check the smoke detectors in their homes.

More information about this Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general is available at www.fpw.org and www.sparky.org

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