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Posted on: August 22, 2022

AFD To Host Open House and Pancake Breakfast on October 15

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of “National Fire Prevention Week” and in honor of said event, the Alhambra Fire Department, in conjunction with the Alhambra Firefighters Association will be hosting an Open House & Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 15, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will be held at Alhambra Fire Station 71, 301 North First Street in Alhambra.

National Fire Prevention Week*, which occurs during the second week of October of each year, is designated to increase awareness of fire safety concerns and prevention. This year’s theme, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™” works to educate the public about basic but essential ways, to quickly and safely escape a home during a fire. Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice. A plan to escape should be made and practiced twice a year. Children should be taught how to escape in order to ensure they can get out, if an adult cannot help them.  For more information please log on to the following webpage: https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About

Alhambra Firefighters will cook and serve breakfast for all those attending. The open house will include fire safety information handouts, fire station tours, and fire department rescue vehicle and equipment demonstrations.

Kids attending the breakfast will have an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Sparky the Fire Dog.  Educational coloring books, Junior firefighter helmets and badge stickers will also be available for kids, while supplies last.

The breakfast and all events at the open house are free of charge.  Donations will be accepted by the Alhambra Firefighters’ Association.  Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward purchasing essential equipment for the Alhambra Fire Department Explorer and Cadet Programs. These programs encourage, train and mentor aspiring firefighters.  

*National Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871. Source: "About Fire Prevention Week. Http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/about-fire-prevention-week.