Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention OfficeFort Hunter FD Fire Prevention

Chairman Lt.Jeff Belli
2nd Asst Chief Greg Comparetta
Lt. Patrick Donovan
Firefighter Chuck Hughes
Firefighter Ed Marchand

This office handles many responsibilities ranging from fire fighting to preparing fire prevention presentations for the local schools, day cares and other groups.

FHFC welcomes visitors to its fire station for personal or small group tours as well as fire prevention education. Just call the non-emergency number at 355-5713 to schedule a time. We frequently provide this service to local day cares, community groups, and elementary schools.

History of Fire Prevention

It all started on October 9, 1911, when Fire Prevention Day was inaugurated. The date of October 9 was chosen because it marks the anniversary of the “Great Chicago Fire of 1871” — the disaster that killed 250 people and destroyed 17,430 buildings at a cost of $168 million, and the fire that started people thinking in terms of fire prevention rather than only firefighting.

Fire Prevention Day was begun by the Fire Marshals Association of North America, now part of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The day was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on the 40th anniversary of the Chicago blaze.

In 1992, on recommendation of a member of NFPA and unanimous vote of the membership at the association’s annual meeting that year, the fire safety observance was extended to cover the entire week that includes the October 9 anniversary date. President Warren Harding was the first to officially proclaim National Fire Prevention Week.

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