Fire departments represented by Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) are hosting events throughout September and October in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, 2017. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871. This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire prevention week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Visit National Fire Protection Association website for fire safety prevention tips.

Local Fire Prevention public events which begin this weekend include:

• Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Open House
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Location: 10985 Whittaker Rd., Whittaker, MI 48190
Contact: (734) 461-9500 or
Fire trucks and Huron Valley Ambulance will be on display. The event will also feature Augusta Township Fire Pup and a smoke house where adults and children can learn fire safety, spray the fire hose and knock down a pretend fire. There will be free food and drink, literature and coloring books, raffles for gift cards and other items donated by community businesses.

Burton Fire Department Open House & Pancake Breakfast
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Location: Fire Department Headquarters, Station #2, 1320 S. Belsay Rd., Burton, MI 48509
Contact: (810) 742-2158
All you can eat pancakes, served with sausage and orange drink, free bounce house, face painting and child ID. Meet firefighters, tour the station and trucks, receive free smoke detectors and batteries, fire safety handouts and view a reflective sign demonstration.

Chelsea Area Fire Authority Open House
Time: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
Location: 200 W. Middle St.
Contact: (734) 475-8755
The event will feature bounce houses, a petting zoo, jaws of life for children to cut cars, spray fire hose, face painting, balloon animals, fire truck tours, Red Cross and Huron Valley Ambulance on scene, popcorn, doughnuts and cider.

• Clay Township Fire Department Safety Town at Millside Elementary
Time: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 12-13, 2017
Location: Kindergarten through second grade classes at Millside Elementary School, 1904 Mill St., Clay Township, MI 48001
Contact: (810) 794-9347

• Flat Rock Riverfest – Fire Safety
Time: 4-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017; 2–11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 and 12:30 - 6 p.m.. Sunday, Sept. 17.
Location: Huroc Park, 28700 Arsenal Rd. on the corner of West Huron River Dr. and Arsenal Rd.
Contact: (734) 789-2332
Flat Rock Fire Department is providing a free large fire safety/firefighting obstacle course at the Festival. Youngsters can crawl through smoke inside the obstacle course tubes, go to framed windows (donated by Wallside Windows) and practice opening them and getting out. The course also includes ramps and a hose they can use to pretend to put the fire out. The popular obstacle course is taken on the road to neighboring communities. Riverfest also features many free activities including bounce houses, music concerts, fireworks and more. Visit for more information. Flat Rock Fire Department also plans to visit area preschool and elementary classrooms this fall to talk about fire safety.

• 4th Annual Green Oak Day featuring Fire Department Open House
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
Location: 9384 Whitmore Lake Rd. Main Station
Contact: (810) 231-3663.
Police and fire personnel will be available to talk to residents. There will be various fire prevention activities for children. Residents can view the fire trucks and a survival flight, weather pemitting.

 • Macomb Township Fire Department Open House
Time: Noon - 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Location: Macomb Township Fire Department Station 3, 47711 North Ave.
Contact: (586) 677-1262.
The event will include station tours and blood pressure checks. Live demonstrations will include use of fire extinguishers, firefighters rescuing victims, vehicle extrication with the Jaws of Life and fire safety for children.

• Milford Fire Department Open House
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
Location: 325 W. Huron
Contact: (248) 684-2335.
The event will feature an extrication demonstration with the Jaws of Life, tours of the station, trucks on display, fire safety materials, and free popcorn, cider and doughnuts.

• Mundy Township Fire Department Open House
Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Location: Station 2, 4011 West Hill Rd. Swartz Creek, MI 48473
Contact: (810) 655-4327
Event features fire prevention tips, kitchen safety, home heating and electrical safety, emergency disaster preparedness, kids give aways, refreshments, chili, hot dogs, and chips.

New Baltimore Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast
Time: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
Location: Fire Department Hall at 36535 Green St., New Baltimore, MI 48047
Contact: (586) 725-0990
Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Guests are asked to make a donation, which will be given to charities such as American Cancer Society, local burn camps and the Lions Club. The event will feature fire truck displays and many fire safety materials including tips for safely storing items in garages and around heaters and furnaces. There will be a 50/50 raffle and activities for children. New Baltimore Fire Dept. Association t-shirts are for sale to support local charities.

• Northfield Township Police & Fire Open House
Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
Location: Station 1 - 8350 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Contact: (734) 449-2385.
The event will feature police cars, fire trucks and ambulances on display. Depending on weather conditions,  a survival flight helicopter will be available to sit inside and children’s events including a remote controlled mini ambulance the kids can play with, a spray station and obstacle course will be available.

• Novi Fire Department Fire Safety Week Proclamation
Time: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
Location: 45125 West 10 Mile Road, Novi 48375.
Contact: (248) 347-0510 M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or 248-348-7100 after hours.
Novi Mayor Bob Gapt will be encouraging residents and visitors to the City Council Meeting to practice fire safety with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire prevention week theme of having two escape plans out of homes and businesses in case of a fire.

• Novi Fire Department Fire Safety Programs
Time: September-October (schools) & Yearly Public Programs
Location: Novi & Northville elementary schools as scheduled.
Contact: (248) 347-0510 M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or (248) 348-7100 after hours or
School personnel can contact the above numbers to schedule a fire safety program for students. The fire department also offers a wide variety of fire safety programs to the public including: fire and fall preventions, File of Life, free home fire inspections, free child car seat safety inspections, free battery changes for smoke alarms, free smoke alarms for low income individuals, free CPR training every Wednesday for residents and businesses, and fire extinguisher training for businesses.

• Port Huron Township Fire Department Fire Safety @ Elementaries
Time: During the month of October.
Location: Krull Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary.
Contact: (810) 984-9752.
Firefighters will visit local elementary classrooms dressed in gear. They will talk about fire safety and having an escape plan, smoke detectors, show a fire safety video, show the children a fire truck and explain what firefighters do and how families can stay safe.

• Rochester Hills Fire Department Emergency Vehicle Display
Time: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Location: Meijer parking lot, 3175 S. Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (at the corner of Auburn Rd.)
Contact: (248) 656-4720 or visit
Fire trucks, rescue vehicles and ambulances will be on display from several departments. The event will feature safety displays and information provided by each department.

• Rochester Hills Fire Department Open House
Time: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.
Location: Rochester Hills Fire Station 1: 1111 Horizon Ct., Rochester, MI 48309
Contact: (248) 656-4720 or visit
Display of fire trucks, ambulances and rescue trucks. There will be games and goodies for children, fire safety hand-outs and light refreshments.

• Troy Fire Department Open Houses
Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Location: Open houses will be held at all six fire stations:
Troy Fire Station #1 – 1019 E. Big Beaver
Troy Fire Station #2 – 5600 Livernois
Troy Fire Station #3 – 2400 W. Big Beaver
Troy Fire Station #4 – 2117 E. Maple
Troy Fire Station #5 – 6399 John R
Troy Fire Station #6 – 5901 Coolidge
Contact: (248) 524-3419.
Visitors can tour a station, meet firefighters, look at the vehicles and equipment up-close, and watch various demonstrations. Stations will provide fire prevention related handout materials along with light refreshments. There will be limited parking at Station 6. Additional parking with free shuttle at Hamilton Elementary School on Northfield Parkway.

• Utica Fire Department Open House
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Location: 7609 Auburn Rd.
Contact: (586) 731-1313
Event features fire station tours, equipment tours and fire safety literature.

• Van Buren Township Fire Department Pancake Breakfast & Open House
9 a.m. - Noon Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
Location: Fire Station 2, 7981 Belleville Rd., MI 48111
Contact: (734) 699-8928
The event features a pancake breakfast, fire trucks on display and various fire safety activities.

• Van Buren Township Public Safety Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16
Location: Atchinson Ford, 9800 Belleville Rd., Belleville, MI 48111
Contact: (734) 699-8928
Fire truck and police cars will be on display and children can participate in safety station activities.

• Walled Lake Fire Department Open House
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Location: 1499 E. West Maple
Contact: (248) 624-2088.
Fire, Police and Department of Public Works facilities will be open for touring. The event will feature fire trucks and demonstrations of extrication and fire prevention.

• Washington Township Fire Department Open House
Time: Noon - 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
Location: Fire Station 1, 11300 27 Mile Rd.
Contact: (586) 781-6161 or
Event will feature extrication demonstrations at 1:30 p.m., station and fire truck tours, Macomb County Sheriff and fire safety literature. Children can try on fire gear, spray the fire hose, and see Blaze the Fire Dog. There will be free popcorn, hot dogs, lemonade, free raffles, crafts, a moon walk, tattoos and balloons.

• White Lake Township Fire Department Elementary School Visits
Time: Oct. 2-6, 2017.
Contact: (248) 698-3335.
Visits will be made to local elementary schools to promote fire safety.

• White Lake Township Fire Department Open House
Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.
Location: White Lake Township Fire Station 1, 7420 Highland Rd.
Contact: (248) 698-3335.
Visitors can meet firefighters, visit the Squirt House, Fire House, see fire trucks and equipment on display and spray water from the fire hose. The event includes fire safety information and demonstrations including vehicle extrication, simulated bandaging at the first aid station, blood pressure screenings, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies, soft drinks and face painting.