Annually, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), declares one week in the month of October, as "Fire Prevention Week." Fire Prevention Week targets school aged children and was established to improve awareness and teach children the importance of fire safety. The NFPA assigns a theme to Fire Prevention Week every year. Themes generally center around the "hot" topics in fire safety. The 2012 theme is "Have 2 Ways Out!" The Marquette City Fire Department has always endorsed Fire Prevention Week and has promoted participation in local schools. To kick off Fire Prevention Week, a static display of firefighting apparatus from every department in Marquette County is assembled at Harlow Park. Sixteen fire departments, EMS, and County Rescue conveyances are present. Parents and children are able to tour equipment from their community and others. The static display ends with a parade of fire trucks leaving Harlow Park and continuing down Washington Street. For the 2012 event, the parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 13th at 11:00 a.m. View some videos from the 2011 kick-off event: [Video 1] [Video 2]. Please note, you must have a video player such as QuickTime to view the videos. Obtain a free version of QuickTime, [here]. For a listing of all 2012 Fire Prevention Week events in Marquette, click here.
Usually the week leading up to Fire Prevention Week as well as the two weeks after, preschool, kindergarten, and first grade children visit the two fire stations within the City of Marquette. These children interact with fire fighting personnel, watch fire safety videos featuring "Sparky - the Fire Dog," and tour the facilities. Classroom visits for Second and Third grade children are scheduled during this time. The "Fire Safety House" is brought to the schools, and children are taught how to exit their bedrooms when smoke detectors alert them to a possible fire. The "little house," or "smoke house," is a two level trailer that has a downstairs and upstairs bedroom. With fire fighting personnel conducting the lessons, the children are trained on proper methods for exiting bedrooms, opening windows, and what to do when encountering smoke. A nontoxic smoke is then introduced into the bedrooms, and the children practice safely exiting the rooms. This fire safety experience, more than any other, seems to leave a lasting impression on the children.