Tuesday, October 10, 2006
"Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire & live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out. ~ Henry Jackson Vandyk Jr
The week of October 8th to the 14th has been designated Fire Prevention Week by the National Fire Protection Association and is celebrated by Fire Departments all over the country.
The first National Fire Prevention Day Proclamation was issued by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls. That date marks the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the tragic conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.
In this year's Proclamation by the President of the United States for Fire Prevention Week, 2006 George Bush stated, "Our Nation's firefighters selflessly risk their lives to protect their fellow citizens. These brave men and women play a critical role in safeguarding our families, our households, and our communities, and their courage and dedication are an inspiration to all Americans. Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of fire safety, celebrate those who devote their lives to protecting others, and honor the memory of our Nation's fallen heroes".
Please join me in thanking all of the dedicated individuals, male and female - paid and volunteer - young and old, who tirelessly devote themselves to ensuring that the rest of us can sleep comfortably knowing that they are but a phone call away if we need them.
Thank you all!!