October 8th, 2023 - 1:00pm - State Street, Madison
Each year, in the month of October, the DCFCA and the City of Madison Fire Department hold a fire truck parade to kick off National Fire Prevention Week. The parade navigates up State Street in the City of Madison and finishes at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Firefighters then show off their equipment and apparatus to help educate the public about the importance of fire safety.
Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our 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 October 9th 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.
The Dane County Fire Chiefs Association (DCFCA) and its members help promote fire safety initiatives in our communities. The DCFCA purchased two inflatable fire safety houses for local fire departments to utilize while providing fire safety presentations to their residents. The use of these inflatables is free for members of the DCFCA.
The DCFCA secured funding for these houses through member dues and a generous donation from the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.