In commemoration of Fire Prevention Week, the Malden Fire and Police Departments recently held their First Annual Public Safety Day at Linden Park and school. Fire Prevention Week is a time that all are encouraged to recognize the dangers that can occur in the places we feel the safest. This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” The theme urges all to be aware and “look” for the places fire can start, “listen” for the sound of the smoke alarm and “learn” two ways out of each room. Also sponsoring the event were Cataldo Ambulance, Malden Housing Authority, Malden DPW, Massachusetts State Police, Ward 8 Councillor Jadeane Sica, Junior Aid Association of Malden, Malden Firefighters Local 902, Girl Scouts, Town Line Ten Pin, Smart Buy USA, Prestige Motors, Maxima Auto Sales and Stop & Shop.
Families and residents came out in large numbers to the free event for fun and interactive ways to learn more about safety. The “touch a truck” events were a great success and children enjoyed learning about and climbing on fire engines and ladders, police cars, an ambulance and DPW trucks. The State Police held an arson dog demonstration to standing room only crowds. Children also enjoyed an obstacle course and smoke house demonstrations as well as safety themed bouncy houses, pumpkin decorating, face painting and games. A DJ kept everyone moving and guests also enjoyed a photo booth, goody bags, safety literature and refreshments. Particularly exciting was a helicopter that was provided by the State Police Airwing Unit. The helicopter made a dramatic entrance into the event by circling over the park multiple times, before finally landing in the middle of the park. The children and their parents were then allowed to view the helicopter up-close with the help of the pilots.
Fire Prevention Week is observed every October in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871 and killed more than 250 people, along with destroying more than 17,400 structures across 2,000 acres. In 1911, 40 years after the fire, the Fire Marshals Association determined that the anniversary of this fire should be observed annually to generate awareness about fire prevention.