Fire Prevention/Public Education Community Relations
Everyone may be familiar with the Ol' wives tale of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow kicking over the lantern causing the 1871 Chicago fiasco which burned the entire city to the ground within two days. Well...... It can't be confirmed that the cow actually did it but the experts who have studied the fire and the reports can confirm it came from the barn..... for what ever it is worth.
This all happened on October 8th and 9th where over two hundred fifty lives were lost, over one hundred thousand people were homeless, and over seventeen thousand four hundred structures within a two thousand acre area were burned and/or destroyed. This wasn't even the worst fire!
That fateful day on October 08, 1871 in Wisconsin a Forest fire, which was started by land clearing brush fires consumed sixteen towns, killed over one thousand one hundred fifty-two people, and burned up over one million two hundred thousand acres of land before it was controlled.
Services Offered to the Public
Other than top-notch service of Firefighting, Rescue, and all around Public Safety with preservation of Life, Safety, and Property Conservation being the utmost of importance, the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue offers the following to Our Community:
Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue goes above and beyond the minimal Fire Prevention Week and we host the Entire Month of October as Fire Prevention Month. Fire Safety is our Key Element which we want to stress to our citizens. This helps make sure they are safe. We Kick-Off the Fire Prevention Month with the Fire Prevention Week being the focal point. The Fire Prevention Week is the same week that October 9th falls in. This is to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. We host our Annual Open House at Headquarters, where we invite Pre-Kindergartners, Kindergartners, and First Graders of Lenoir County to come and participate in learning Fire Safety through ten various learning stations setup with fun-learning themes of Fire Prevention. We let them see tools, and equipment which give the youngsters a look into what we do at work, where we live, and learn during an average day as a Firefighter.
In the year 2020, The Fire Service had to realize a new way to relay our message of Fire Safety due to COVID-19. We followed suit with the Public School System and created our virtual learning which coincides with the, In-House interactions. We are proud to introduce to you, our new Virtual Interaction Section called........
The Captain's Corner
Where Kids of ALL AGES can learn a lil something about Fire Safety through our Virtual Interaction material.
Fire Protection and Education for the Kids
This section is a fun place to find various Free Fire Prevention Education Activities that you and your family can do together. All the activities are in PDF form and can be printed for fun times of learning and entertainment for the Kids.
These Activities were created and published by the National Fire Protection Agency. The Activities and More can be found at their website by clicking on the National Fire Protection Agency Link provided below. This website has apps, games and more videos to enjoy and learn from.
(The name and image of Sparky the Fire Pup are trademarks of the NFPA)
National Fire Protection Agency Activities
Kids Fire Safety Video Selection
Adults and Senior Section
Fire Protection and Education for the Adults
This section is a great place to find various Free Fire Prevention Education information for your enlightenment, safety and wellbeing.
This information was created and published by the National Fire Protection Agency. More fire safety information can be found at their website by clicking on the National Fire Protection Agency Link provided below. This website has apps and more videos to enjoy and learn from.
National Fire Protection Agency Information
- Common Fire Causes within the Home
- Fire and Safety Equipment in the Home
- Tips for Common Items Found in the Home
- Fire Safety for different types of Living Spaces
- Animal Safety Tips
- Seasonal Safety Tips
- Safety Tips for Activities Outdoors
- Safety Tips for Population Activities
- Transportation/Recriational Safety Tips
- Unintentional Injury Prevention
- Remembering When Program for Older Adults
- Fire Drill and Escape Planning
Adult Fire Protection and Public Education Video Section
Physically meeting with the general public on a personable one on one level and exchanging ideas, information, and being totally accessible to one another. By being involved at this personable level of one on one brings trust, loyalty, and integrity to all involved creating a tight-knit, understandable bond throughout the community. We also offer the services of our Honor Guard out to the public.
Interest in the Program
Or if you are requesting a specific Service you wish to have provided to you and/or your business also click on the interested box/tab below and fill out the On-Line Fill-able Form.
- Public Interaction
- Smoke Detector Service
- Private Residence Safety Check
- Business Inspection/Re-Inspect
- Fire Incident Report Request