Ankeny Fire Department Hosts Community Events to Recognize National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, 2019
The Ankeny Fire Department will be hosting several educational events in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12, 2019. The public is invited to attend the Fire Station Open House, Pancake Breakfast and Story Time at the Library.
Annual Fire Prevention Week Open House
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ankeny Fire Station Headquarters, 120 NW Ash Drive
The Open House will offer a variety of educational, family-oriented hands-on activities for all ages. Residents can learn more about the power of fire prevention and technologies available to protect their own families from fire. Activities will include: NEW fire safety house, a junior firefighter challenge course, a junior firefighter maze, spraying a fire hose, trying on a firefighter’s gear, using a fire extinguisher, identifying hazards in the fire department’s hazard house and a variety of other interactive fire safety displays.
Ankeny Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 – 11 a.m.
Fire Station Headquarters, 120 NW Ash Drive
Fire Department personnel will serve breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. A free will donation will be accepted by the association. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation.
Story Time with the Ankeny Firefighters
Preschoolers: Monday, Tuesday, Oct. 7 & 8; 10:30 a.m.
Toddlers: Tuesday, Thursday, Oct. 8 & 10; 10 a.m.
Kirkendall Library, 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive
Preschoolers and toddlers are invited to enjoy a fire prevention themed story time. At 10 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, children can go outside to see a fire engine and talk with firefighters.
Fire Prevention Week takes place Oct. 6-12. This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 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 Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage Oct. 9, 1871. Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922.