Get fired up about Fire Prevention Week

Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal

October 2, 2013

It’s time for Richmond County residents to get fired up and be ready to kick back and enjoy another year of the kick-off for Fire Prevention Week.

The kick-off will take place on Saturday in the old Winn-Dixie parking lot on Rockingham Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will be fun-filled and consist of various games, food, kid activities, and much more.

The kick-off party was created by Rockingham Fire Chief Charles Gardner when he took the helm in 2003.

Fire and rescue squads in the county are always invited to attend and bring fire equipment and trucks and there will be individuals who will be demonstrating how to use the equipment.

The theme for this year focuses on preventing kitchen fires. Throughout the month of October, the Rockingham Fire Department will have fire prevention programs throughout the city and Sparky the Fire Dog will give presentations on prevention.

At the end of the month, the three elementary schools in the city of Rockingham will have the opportunity to enter a contest by creating a poster on preventing kitchen fires. One winner will be chosen and will be invited for a fun day at the station and to have a pizza party.

In addtion, there will also be a car seat clinic on site and individuals will be shown how to properly install a car seat and buckle up their children.

Last year was a success and approximately 500 people turned out to enjoy the festivities.

“I am hoping for the same amount of people or more, and good weather,” said Gardner. “I am looking forward to bringing people together to promote fire prevention to reduce fire loss and injuries.”

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, according to the National Fire Protection Association website.

This year Fire Prevention Week is from Sunday to Oct. 12.

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit

— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at