Today is the end of National Fire Prevention Week and the day of the annual Chadron Volunteer Fire Department Open House and free will Spaghetti Feed.
The Spaghetti Feed runs from 10-2:00 at the fire hall.
The Chadron VFD receives funds from the city of Chadron to help with the purchase of equipment while the Rural Fire District has a small property tax levy, but the regular operations of the department are handled by the volunteers with donations and memorials.
In the 12 months ending August 31st, the Chadron Fire Department volunteers responded to 57 fire calls, 17 vehicle accidents, and 342 ambulance/rescue squad calls.
Across all categories, volunteers responded to 454 calls totalling 5,376 man-hours. They also spent 3,090 training hours.
Today’s Open House and Spaghetti Feed is a chance for residents to see and learn about the department’s various trucks and equipment as well as to support the firefighters financially with their free will donations.
Today’s donations will again go toward completing the final phase of the department’s Training Building. When complete, it will be the only training facility of its type in the region and will help with local fire insurance ratings.
October is Fire Prevention Month and includes both Fire Prevention Week and Firefighters Memorial Day.
Fire Prevention Week was first observed in 1922 and President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation in 1925, making it the longest-running public health observance in the country.
This year’s theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” and offers simple but important things people can take to keep themselves and others around them safe in the kitchen.