In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Billings Fire Department is hosting a series of open houses at all seven stations in town. According to the press release, open house activities have been hosted virtually for hte last two years. 

Firefighters are excited to welcome community members to their station doors again this year. The first open house starts Tuesday, October 11, at station number 3, located at 1928 17th St. W. All open house events run from 9 am – 4 pm. This year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait, plan your escape,” encouraging citizens to create a home escape plan and meeting place should they ever experience a house fire.

The following is a list of the fire station open houses for the week: 

  • Wednesday, October 12: Station 5 at 605 S. 24th St.
  • Thursday, October 13: Station 6 at 1601 St. Andrews Dr.
  • Friday, October 14: Station 7 at 1501 54th St. W.
  • Monday, October 17: Station 4 at 475 6th St. W.
  • Tuesday, October 18: Station 1 at 2305 8th Ave. N.
  • Wednesday, October 19: Station 2 at 501 S. 28th St.
    • For group tours, call 406-657-8429

Last week, the Billings Fire Department held a week-long presentation for second graders in Billings at the Lincoln Center, part of Fire Prevention Week Programming. The presentation helped spread the message about fire prevention to over 1,600 school-aged children. Click here to learn more about the activities, lesson plans, and safety tips for a part of Fire Prevention Week.

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week campaign is celebrating its 100 anniversary, making it the longest-running public health observance in the nation. Fire Prevention week is held every October to observe the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. 

The NFPA also provides a few messages regarding the theme for this year, like making sure your home escape plans share important messages and meets the needs of all family members. Install fire alarms in each sleeping room, including outside the sleeping area and for every level of the home. The fire alarms should also be interconnected, so they all sound off simultaneously. 

If possible, know two ways to escape from a room; have an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home. It is a good idea to practice a home fire drill at least twice a year, once during the day and once at night. 

Don’t miss a fun and educational way to learn about fire prevention and tour Billings fire stations!