Advocate Staff Report
In commemoration of Fire Prevention Week, the Malden Fire and Police Departments will hold their Fourth Annual Public Safety Day at Linden Park and School on Sunday, October 9 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fire Prevention Week is a time when all are encouraged to recognize the dangers that can occur in the places we feel the safest. This year’s theme is “Fire Won’t Wait – Plan your Escape.”
Families and residents are invited to the free event for fun and interactive ways to learn more about safety. There will be “touch-a-truck” events where children can learn about and climb on fire engines and ladders, police cars, an ambulance and DPW trucks. There will be music, arts & crafts hosted by the Girl Scouts, a K-9 demonstration by the State Police and free pizza, hotdogs, ice cream, goody bags and much more!
The event is being sponsored by Cataldo Ambulance, Malden Housing Authority, Malden Board of Health, Malden’s Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development, Malden DPW, Piantedosi Baking Co., Stop & Shop, Anthony’s of Malden, Ward 8 Councillor Jadeane Sica, Councillor-at-Large Craig Spadafora, Ward 6 Councillor Steve Winslow, Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe and Malden Firefighters Local 902.
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.