DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. --
Fire Prevention Week is a national observance that takes place annually during the week of Oct. 9, with the goal of educating U.S. citizens about fire safety and preventing fire-related incidents. The 2022 national theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”
“We have a number of events set up this week, such as fire evacuation drills, fire extinguisher safety training and safety in the home – to include developing and executing escape and family action plans,” said Shannon Anderson, Installation Fire Chief.
The Dobbins Fire and Emergency Services team will host the following events throughout the week:
Oct. 10 – Holiday
Oct. 11 – Courses taught at bldg. 813 from 1000-1100
Oct. 12 – Instruction and fire drills in the BX parking lot from 1100-1300
Oct. 13 – Fire drill at bldg. 838 (time tentative)
Oct. 14 – Fire drills (tentative locations and times)
"It only takes a few seconds to make the difference between safety and tragedy. I'm grateful to our elite Fire and Emergency Services team for making sure everyone on Team Dobbins – from our youngest children, to our Total Force servicemembers, to our civilian employees, retirees, friends, family, and everyone in between – has the opportunity to learn about fire safety and prevention,” said CMSgt. Trayvon Dennis, 94th Airlift Wing command chief.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health observance in the U.S., and 2022 marks the 100th year of the observance.
Former President Coolidge declared Fire Prevention Week in 1925, about 50 years after the Great Chicago Fire. The fire burned from Oct. 8-10, 1871, killing more than 300 million people and causing an estimated $222 million in damages.
“"It doesn't matter if your city was destroyed or your home was destroyed, the scars are still there ... those are the kind of scars that don't heal,” said Col. Magnusson. “I appreciate all the hard work that has gone into planning these events for Team Dobbins.”
If you have questions about 2022 Fire Prevention Week events on Dobbins ARB, call Dobbins Fire and Emergency Services at 678-655-9704. For information about fire safety or for child- and family-centric activities and educational tools, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.