On the last Saturday of Fire Prevention Week this year, October 11th, the Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District Auxiliary, under the organizational skills of Rachel Ballowe, hosted the first annual Family Fire Fest. 

This was a community event where you could meet your local fire fighters, watch fire fighter demonstrations, and learn fire prevention and safety for your family.  Food was available for purchase and there were drawing tickets for sale.  We even had a special visit from Smokey the Bear.  There were also FREE fire engine rides, crafts for the kids and safety related vendors.

Here are some overview photos that speak 1000 words:

2014 Family Fire Fest web-FREE fire engine rides here
The FREE Fire Engine rides were a huge hit for the children.
2014 Family Fire Fest web-excited kid up close and personal to a fire truck.
Doesn’t he look just so excited?
2014 Family Fire Fest web-Firefight Steven shows his rig
Fire Fighter Intern Steve is escorting excited kids into the fire truck!
2014 Family Fire Fest web-what's inside an ambulance???
Have you ever wondered what the inside of an ambulance looks like?
2014 Family Fire Fest web-crafting concentration
I love the look of concentration in this child’s face.
2014 Family Fire Fest web-working with a child
Looks like Grandpa working with his grandson as they create a scene in the crafting area.
2014 Family Fire Fest web-proud papa and artist son
What a proud moment!
2014 Family Fire Fest web-turnout demonstration
The kids (and adults) are all eyes while watching the fire fighters get into their turn out gear.
2014 Family Fire Fest web-working with a child2014 Family Fire Fest web-Smokey gets a hug
Someone will never forget her hug from Smokey the Bear.
2014 Family Fire Fest web-reluctant meeting with Smokey
Someone’s reluctant to touch Smokey’s paw.
2014 Family Fire Fest - cake walk
Cake Walk – walk for yummy cupcakes
Smokey + Blythe
Smokey and Blythe have a little chat.

The second annual Family Fire Fest, an educational and fun event for young and old alike, will take place on the Saturday of 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.  Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.

Join us on October 10, 2015.  Details next year.  

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