By Linda Dillman
Fire Prevention Week in Madison Township is showcasing two stations this year with the week bookended in activities at Station 182 in Canal Winchester and Station 183 on Noe-Bixby Road in Columbus.
Fire Safety Month is in October and fire departments designate the second week of the month as Fire Prevention Week.
“Fire Prevention Month raises awareness of the dangers of fire and aids people in preparing for fire threats,” said Madison Township Fire Marshal Scott Hite.
President Woodrow Wilson designated the first Fire Prevention Week in 1920. It is the longest honored public health and safety observance in the United States.
Locally, the Madison Township Fire Department has station and truck tours scheduled at both stations, in addition to fire extinguisher demonstrations, bounce house, fire safety gift bags, refreshments, “Sparky” the fire safety dog, and EMS medical helicopter tour.
The event is appropriated for all ages.
Activities at Station 182 in Canal Winchester, 6600 Gender Road, also include a youth firefighter combat challenge, food truck and fire safety house tour. It will be held on Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m.
The newest complex, Station 183 at 3228 Noe Bixby Road, is hosting Fire Prevention Week activities on Oct. 14 from 1-3 p.m.
According to Hite, the department decided to split the event between the two stations in order to “showcase our newly opened fire station to the public and area residents of the township. The National Fire Protection Association, along with the Madison Township Fire Department urges people to stay informed and aware of current fire threats.”