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.
NFPA continues to be the international sponsor of Fire Prevention Week, which is always the Sunday-through-Saturday period during which the October 9 anniversary date falls.
The Petersburg Fire Department believes very strongly in showing our equipment off. We have taken our apparatus to safety fairs, to show the residents and businesses of the community what we have to offer, and to show them the equipment we have, as well as answer any questions they have. We also go to fire drills in the local schools if requested to observe the drill and offer suggestions we may have to make the drill go safer and easier. We also enjoy teaching any kind of fire safety to children or adults. The Petersburg Fire Department prides itself on its public relations and public education and look forward to working with you.
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU!!
By now you have probably seen the reflective 911 home address signs on many of your neighbor's mailbox posts.
Made of the same tough materials as road signs these home address signs are so reflective in the dark that members of the Petersburg Fire Department don't have to struggle to read your address at night.
If you are interested please contact 911 coordinator John Balster at 217-632-5460 to purchase these signs.
The Petersburg Fire Department is currently accepting applications to join the department. If you are interested and would like to get more information on the department. Please contact our membership officer Chief Pat Rebbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We normally add members in pairs but we will accept applications at any time.
Firefighter Andrew Coulter 12 years
Probationary Andrew Nissen 3 years