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. 7-13, 2018. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-9, 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). This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire prevention week theme is “Look, Listen, Learn: Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”  It reinforces the three essential steps to reduce the chances of having a fire and how to escape safely. Visit National Fire Protection Association website for fire safety prevention tips.

Local Fire Prevention public events include:

  • Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    Location: 10985 Whittaker Rd., Whittaker, MI 48190
    Contact: (734) 461-9500 or www.augustatownship.org
    Fire trucks and Huron Valley Ambulance will be on display. The event will also feature a smoke house where adults and children can learn fire safety, spray the fire hose and knock down a pretend fire. Augusta Township Fire Pup will visit the children. There will be free food and drink, literature and coloring books, and raffles for gift cards and other items donated by community businesses.
  • Burton Fire Department Open House
    Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    Location: Fire Stations 1, 2 and 3.
    Station 1, 2031 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Station 2 Department Headquarters, 1320 S. Belsay Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Station 3, 4515 Davison Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Contact: (810) 742-2158
    Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and face painting for kids. 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. 14, 2018
    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 Tikes at Clay Township Park
    Time: 10-11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
    Location: 4768 Pointe Tremble Rd., Clay Township, MI 48001
    Contact: Cindy at (810) 794-9320 or the fire department at (810) 794-9347.
    The event will feature Paw Patrol characters.
  • Flat Rock Riverfest – Fire Safety
    Time: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018; Noon – 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and noon to 6 p.m.. Sunday, Sept. 16.
    Location: Flatrock Community Park, 28700 Arsenal Rd., Flat Rock, MI 48134
    Contact: (734) 789-2332
    Flat Rock Fire Department provides 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 to get out. The course also includes ramps and a hose they can use to pretend to put the fire out. The obstacle course is so popular, it’s taken on the road to neighboring communities. Riverfest also features many free events including bounce houses, music concerts, fireworks and more. Visit http://www.flatrockmi.org/index-coe-event.asp?Event_ID=836#NavMenu for more information. Flat Rock Fire Department also plans to visit area preschool and elementary classrooms this fall to talk about fire safety.
  • Macomb Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
    Location: Macomb Township Fire Department Station 3, 47711 North Ave., Macomb, MI 48042
    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. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
    Location: 325 W. Huron St., Milford, MI 48381
    Contact: (248) 684-2335
    The event will feature an extrication demonstration with the Jaws of Life, vital signs stations, tours of the station, trucks on display, fire safety materials, and free popcorn, cider and doughnuts. A survival flight helicopter may also be available.
  • Mundy Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
    Location: Station 2, 4011 West Hill Rd. Swartz Creek, MI 48473
    Contact: (810) 655-4327 or Chief Edward Blight at (810) 577-5453
    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. 14, 2018
    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.
  • Novi Fire Department Fire Safety Week Proclamation
    Time: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
    Location: City Council Meeting, 45125 West 10 Mile Road, Novi 48375
    Contact: Director of EMS and Fire Operations Jeff Johnson (248) 735-5688.
    Novi Mayor Bob Gatt will be encouraging residents and visitors to the City Council Meeting to practice fire safety with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2018 Fire Prevention Week theme “Look, Listen, Learn: Be Aware,” focusing on three essential steps to reduce the chances of having a fire and how to escape safely.
  • Novi Fire Department Fire Safety Programs
    Time: October
    Location: Novi elementary schools as scheduled.
    Contact: (248) 349-2162 or www.cityofnovi.org
    School personnel can contact the above numbers to schedule a program. 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 inspection, 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 Chief of the Day
    Time: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
    Location: Michigamme Elementary School, 2855 Michigan Rd., Port Huron, MI 48060
    Contact: (810) 982-3543
    Students in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to write essays about a home fire safety plan. One winning essay will be chosen for each grade level and the winners will be awarded as Fire Chiefs of the Day. Firefighters will pickup the three winning students in a fire truck and transport them from the school to a pizzeria where they will pick up pizzas for their three classrooms to have pizza parties when they return.
  • Rochester Hills Fire Department Emergency Vehicle Display
    Time: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.
    Location: Meijer parking lot, 3175 S. Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (at the corner of Auburn Rd.)
    Contact: Nancy Butty, Public Education at (248) 841-2705
    Fire trucks, rescue vehicles and ambulances will be on display from several departments. The event will feature a live kitchen fire safety burn demonstration, safety information, emergency services information, Sparky the fire dog, photo opportunities and refreshments. Click here for more information.
  • The History of The Brooklands Fire Department (now known as Rochester Hills Fire Department)
    Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018
    Location: Rochester Hills Fire Station 2: 1251 E. Auburn, Rochester, MI 48309
    Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (248) 656-4663 to register.
    Display of fire trucks, ambulances and rescue trucks with emergency services information and the history of the department. Click here for more information.
  • Rochester Hills Fire Department Open House
    Time: 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
    Location: Rochester Hills Fire Station 1: 1111 Horizon Ct., Rochester, MI 48309
    Contact: Nancy Butty, Public Education at (248) 841-2705
    Event features a display of fire trucks, ambulances and rescue trucks, child fingerprinting, free child bicycle helmets, Sparky the fire safety dog, child obstacle course, child safety seat information, CPR and choking instructions. There will be games, fire safety hand-outs and refreshments. Click here for more information.
  • Troy Fire Department Open Houses
    Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
    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. Station 4 has additional parking available across the street at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church.
  • Utica Fire Department Open House
    Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
    Location: 7609 Auburn Rd.
    Contact: (586) 731-1313 ext. 300
    Event features a smokehouse demonstration with escape plan, fire station tours, equipment tours and fire safety literature.
  • Van Buren Township Public Safety Day
    Time:
    9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
    Location: Menard’s Parking Lot, 10010 Belleville Road, Belleville, MI 48111
    Contact:
    (734) 699-8928
    Fire Safety House, fire hose spray operation, fire truck and police cars will be on display and children can participate in safety station activities.
  • Van Buren Township Fire Department Pancake Breakfast & Open House
    Time: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    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.
  • Walled Lake Fire Department Open House
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
    Location: 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake, MI 48390
    Contact: (248) 624-2088
    Fire, Police and Department of Public Works facilities will be open for touring. The event will feature fire trucks and planned demonstrations of extrication and fire prevention. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served.
  • Washington Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon – 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
    Location: Fire Station 1, 11300 27 Mile Rd., Washington, MI 48094
    Contact: (586) 781-6161
    The event will be a Life Flight of Michigan demonstration at noon weather permitting, an extrication demonstration 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. 7-13, 2018
    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, Sept. 30, 2018
    Location: White Lake Township Fire Station 1, 7420 Highland Rd. Headquarters
    Contact: (248) 698-3335
    Visitors can meet firefighters, visit the Squirt House, Fire House and 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, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies, soft drinks and face painting.