Michigan Association of Fire Fighters

MAFF-represented fire departments are joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in celebrating National Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is “Cooking safety starts with YOU.” Several area departments are hosting events during September and October in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, 2023. 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. Visit the National Fire Protection Association website for fire safety prevention tips and materials.

Departments hosting Fire Prevention public events include:

  • Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Fire Safety Presentations
    Time: Year-Round
    Location: Area schools on request anytime.
    Contact: Public Education Manager Brian Howell at (734) 461-9500.
    By request, firefighters will provide fire safety presentations to area schools and work with area Boy and Girl Scout troops to help them obtain their merit badges in fire safety.
  • Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023
    Location: New Fire Station, 10093 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48191
    Contact: (734) 461-9500
    Huron Valley Ambulance and fire trucks on display. H.A.R.T. rehab mobile unit, which assists firefighters on the scene, and the Red Cross will be there with equipment including extrication tools. Children can make their way through a smoke house and visit the knock down area where they can use the fire hose. The event will feature hot dogs and chips and handouts for the kids as well as stickers and prizes.
  • Burton Fire Department Open House
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023
    Location: All three city fire stations:
    Station 1 - 2031 East 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, water, handouts and activities for children, including face painting (except for Fire Station 1) and balloon animals. Meet firefighters and tour the stations and trucks. Residents can sign up free smoke detector installs and reflective address signs will be available to order. A simulated house will allow children to use a fire hose to ‘knock down' pretend flames painted on the house.
  • Cambridge Township Fire Department Fire Safety Presentations
    Time: Oct. 8-14, 2023 National Fire Prevention Week
    Location: Onsted Community Elementary School
    Contact: (517) 467-2128
    Firefighters will visit Onsted Community Elementary School, grades kindergarten through second, to give fire safety presentations, participate in truck tours and go through the smoke trailer. After the presentations, the children make fire safety posters and submit them to their teachers. Each teacher chooses one student, based on their poster, as the winner. Later in the week, those students are picked up at school by a Cambridge Township Fire truck and given a ride back to the station to enjoy a pancake breakfast with firefighters.
  • Clay Township Fire Department for Schools
    Time: October 2023
    Location: Area Elementary Schools
    Contact: (810) 794-9347
    Firefighters will visit local elementary schools with their Fire Safety Smoke Trailer to provide a hands on fire safety experience, including show and tell on the fire truck. They will demonstrate and discuss fire safety with the students and show them a video inside the smoke trailer. After instruction, firefighters smoke up the trailer and the students practice safe fire escape through the windows and door. A firefighter will dress up in fire gear with a mask on so students see what they look like and hear how they sound to prevent them from being fearful of firefighters during a rescue. Students will also receive safety materials and coloring books.
  • Grand Rapids Township Fire Department Fire Safety in Schools
    Time: October 2023
    Location: Area elementary and preschools including: Knapp Forest Elementary, Orchard View Elementary, Collins Elementary, Knapp Charter Academy and Mayflower Preschool.
    Contact: (616) 855-5808 to schedule a presentation.
    Firefighters will provide fire safety education to preschoolers through second graders who will have a chance to see the fire truck, equipment and fire gear.
  • Highland Township Fire Department Open House & Pancake Breakfast
    Time: 9 a.m. – Noon Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023
    Location: Fire Station 1, 1600 West Highland Road, Highland, MI 48357
    Contact: 248-887-8688
    Enjoy a pancake breakfast with the firefighters, tour the station and learn about fire safety. Fire station tours are also available upon request at the phone number above.
  • Highland Township Fire Department Fire Safety Presentations
    Time: Oct. 8-14, 2023 National Fire Prevention Week and October 2023
    Location: Local elementary schools and preschools
    Contact: (248) 887-8688
    Firefighters will visit area elementary schools and preschools to educate children about fire safety. Interested schools should contact the fire department at the above phone number.
  • Health Fair 2023
    Time: All day, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023
    Location: Highland Activity Center, 209 John Street, Highland, 48357
    Contact: Heidi at (248) 887-1707 for an appointment.
    The Fire Department will have a booth setup to answer health questions, provide fire safety information and blood pressure checks. The event will also feature: Ask a Pharmacist, Medicare enrollment questions and answers, Glaucoma screenings, flu shots, medication disposal and hearing tests.
  • Macomb Township Fire Department Fire Safety for Children
    Time: October 2023
    Location: Area elementary schools and daycares
    Contact: (586) 286-0027
    Firefighters visit area elementary schools and daycares providing fire safety education. Children can see a fire engine and firefighters' gear and they are given fire safety coloring books and kids fire helmets.
  • Milford Fire Department Fire Safety Presentations
    Time: Oct. 8-14, 2023 National Fire Prevention Week
    Location: Area elementary schools, preschool co-ops and Montessori schools
    Contact: (248) 684-2335
    Firefighters are providing fire safety education and demonstrations to preschool through first graders with a focus on having an escape plan with their parents, including a family meeting place. New to the program will be a visit from Fire Pup.
  • Milford Fire Department Open House
    Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023
    Location: 325 W. Huron St., Milford, MI 48381
    Contact: (248) 684-2335
    Visit the fire station and take a tour of the trucks. View fire extinguisher and vehicle extrication demonstrations and citizens can use the equipment. Visit different safety stations including checking vitals and trying on fire gear to see how much in weighs and what it feels like. Children can use the spray hose on the Fire House. See a lifesaving CPR demonstration and visitors can partake in free cider, donuts, hot dogs and popcorn.
  • Mundy Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023
    Location: Station 2, 4011 West Hill Rd. Swartz Creek, MI 48473
    Contact: (810) 655-4327 or Chief Edward Blight at (810) 577-5453
    See a Medstar EMS helicopter make a landing. Meet firefighters, police and ambulance crews, check out fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. Shoot water from a fire hose and watch firefighters use the “jaws of life.” Learn hands on fire safety including kitchen safety, escape plans, fire extinguisher use and more. The event will feature free food and, after children complete the fire safety stations, they turn in their punch card to enter a drawing to win a free bicycle from Meijer.
  • New Baltimore Fire Department Open House
    Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023
    Location: Fire Department Hall at 36535 Green St., New Baltimore, MI 48047
    Contact: (586) 725-0990 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays
    Event will feature refreshments with donuts and cider with firefighters, fire truck tours, raffle opportunities, a live vehicle extrication event and emergency equipment on display.
  • New Baltimore Fire Department - Fire Safety at Schools
    Time: October 2023
    Location: Area elementary schools
    Contact: (586) 725-0990 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule an event.
    Students will be treated to fire safety presentations. The events will feature trucks on display and fire prevention literature.
  • Rochester Hills Fire Department Open House
    Time: 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023
    Location: Rochester Hills Fire Station 1: 1111 Horizon Ct., Rochester, MI 48309 (Parking available on Horizon Ct. or enter via Rochester Industrial Dr. and park in the lot behind station at Auburn’s building.)
    Contact: (248) 656-4717
    Firefighters will perform live burn kitchen demonstrations, a vehicle extrication demonstration, and fire attack demonstration. The event features a fire apparatus display, various information tables, a video presentation about sleeping with your bedroom doors closed, a kids obstacle course, and raffles to win a children’s bicycle or a $150 Meijer gift card. There will also be cider and doughnuts from Yates Cider Mill!
  • Troy Fire Department Open Houses
    Time: 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023
    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
    The events will feature fire safety demonstrations, with a focus on the national cooking safety theme, including: stove top fire, fire extinguisher demonstration and vehicle extrication. Fire trucks will be on display and open for entry as well as an ambulance service. The open houses will have giveaways and snacks. Ladder truck rides will be given at Station #1 and the Oakland County Sheriff's Department's helicopter will be landing at Station #2. 
  • Walled Lake Fire Open House
    Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023
    Location: 1499 E. West Maple, Walled Lake MI 48390
    Contact: (248) 624-2088
    Firefighters will provide an extrication demonstration with donated vehicles and are hoping to have a medical flight helicopter landing depending on weather conditions. The event will also feature cider and donuts, fire safety handouts, balloons, children’s fire helmets and coloring books. They are also planning to have a work station for children to build things with assistance from an area home improvement store.
  • Walled Lake Fire Department Fire Safety Presentations
    Time: October 2023
    Location: Area elementary schools
    Contact: (248) 624-2088
    Walled Lake Firefighters will be traveling to area elementary schools to educate children about fire safety. School personnel wishing to have a fire safety visit should contact the station for more information.
  • Wixom Fire Department Open House
    Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct 14, 2023
    Location: Wixom Fire Department Headquarters, 1345 N. Wixom Rd., Wixom, MI 48393
    Contact: (248) 624-1055
    The event will feature fire trucks on display, a fire extinguisher demonstration and vehicle extrication. Other event details are pending.
  • Woodhaven Fire Department Fire Safety Presentations
    Time: Oct. 9-12, 2023
    Location: Bates Elementary School, Weiss Elementary School, Erving Elementary School and Yates Elementary.
    Contact: (734) 675-4918
    Firefighters will visit the elementary schools to instruct children about fire safety.