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Fire Prevention Week events set

IRON RIVER/CRYSTAL FALLS—In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week to be a national observance. The observance is scheduled each year during the week of Oct. 9 and so this year’s recognition runs from Oct. 6-12.
    Locally, there are four events this week to commemorate Fire Prevention week. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the West Iron County Fire Department will host an open house beginning at 5 p.m. in the WICFD Hall, located at 640 North 9th Ave. in Iron River. There will be fun for the whole family, including fire truck rides, a smoke house, fire extinguisher class, door prizes and snacks and refreshments.
    Also on Oct. 9, the Crystal Falls Fire Department will hold an open house from 4-7 p.m. at Crystal Fresh Market.
    On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department will hold a school visit at Stambaugh Elementary School, while the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department will hold a school visit at Forest Park Schools.
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health observance in the 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.
    Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9 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.