Last updated: June 01. 2013 12:12PM - 176 Views
Darcie Dyer
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A fleet of some 30 to 50 fire trucks and first responder vehicles will be parading through town on Friday Oct. 12 to recognize National Fire Prevention Week.

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. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.

This is the third year the Elkin Fire Department has had a fire truck parade to observe National Fire Prevention Week.

The parade will begin at Elkin High School football field at 6 p.m. and will travel through Main Street and up North Bridge Street all the way to the old Walmart location.

The parade is being sponsored by both Elkin Fire Department and CC Camp Volunteer Fire Department.

“We’ve had commitments from several departments from Virgina and several departments from close by, so we’re expecting conservatively 30-50 vehicles,” said Tommy Wheeler, Elkin Fire Department Chief. “It’s being done in lots of communities around us and we just thought this was a good way to bring the public’s attention to the fire service doing fire prevention week.”

Reach Darcie Dyer at 835-1513 or ddyer@heartlandpublications.com.

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