National Fire Prevention Week is October 9-13, 2022.
This year's theme is "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape."
Imperial Beach Fire-Rescue Department provides yearly school site visits to all second graders at local schools.
Our education program highlights the annual National Fire Prevention Association theme while we provide fun hands-on engagement and fire prevention and safety tips to students in our community.
History of Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.
Since 1922, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.
During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.