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28th CES Hosts Fire Prevention Week

Airmen give out candy to children during the Fire Prevention Week Open House event at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019.  Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871, and is a time in which fire departments worldwide remind communities to take the appropriate measures and precautions to prevent fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Airmen give out candy to children during the Fire Prevention Week Open House event at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871, and is a time in which fire departments worldwide remind communities to take the appropriate measures and precautions to prevent fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Sparky the Dalmatian high-fives a child during the Fire Prevention Week Open House event at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019. The Fire Department conducted an open house where children and families could interact with Sparky and learn fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Sparky the Dalmatian high-fives a child during the Fire Prevention Week Open House event at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019. The Fire Department conducted an open house where children and families could interact with Sparky and learn fire safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Sparky the Dalmatian and Smoky the Bear wave to children during the Fire Prevention Week Parade at the Prairie View housing area at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019. Five fire trucks from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department drove through base housing during the parade and promoted Fire Prevention Week, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Sparky the Dalmatian and Smoky the Bear wave to children during the Fire Prevention Week Parade at the Prairie View housing area at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019. Five fire trucks from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department drove through base housing during the parade and promoted Fire Prevention Week, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

A firefighter throws candy during the Fire Prevention Week Parade at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019.  Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871, and is a time in which fire departments worldwide remind communities to take the appropriate measures and precautions to prevent fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

A firefighter throws candy during the Fire Prevention Week Parade at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 5, 2019. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871, and is a time in which fire departments worldwide remind communities to take the appropriate measures and precautions to prevent fires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

An Airman hits a keiser sled during the Firefighter Challenge at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 4, 2019. Hitting a keiser sled simulates trying to bust down drywall or a hard wall during a house fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

An Airman hits a keiser sled during the Firefighter Challenge at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 4, 2019. Hitting a keiser sled simulates trying to bust down drywall or a hard wall during a house fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

An Airman drags a dummy at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 4, 2019. The physical exercises Airmen did during the Firefighter Challenge simulate what firefighters do during technical training in preparation for their operational duties at their installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

An Airman drags a dummy at the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 4, 2019. The physical exercises Airmen did during the Firefighter Challenge simulate what firefighters do during technical training in preparation for their operational duties at their installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention Week with a Firefighter Challenge Oct. 4, and a parade and open house Oct. 5.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of Oct. 9, which commemorates the “Great Chicago Fire” from 1871, and is a time in which fire departments worldwide remind communities to take the appropriate measures and precautions to prevent fires.

“The Firefighter Challenge is meant to simulate what we do in the field, so we have [stations] such as the dummy drag, the hose advancement, carrying a hotel pack, the keiser sled, and going up and down a ladder,” said Tech. Sgt. Tim McCutcheon, a 28th Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector.

During the parade, firefighters drove through base housing and threw candy to children while Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Dalmatian waved at children.

After the parade, the Fire Department held an open house for families and military members on base. Children were able to jump in bouncy houses, partake in snacks like baked goods and popcorn, and people getting to meet Sparky the Dalmatian and Smokey the Bear.

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