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Alexandria fire chief Jeff Karrow talks with community members at the department's open house on Monday, Oct. 9, the start of Fire Prevention Week. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press) 1 / 3
Children watch gleefully as the Life Link III helicopter lands at the Alexandria Fire Department. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press) 2 / 3
One of the activity highlights of the night was the opportunity for children to sit inside the Life Link III helicopter. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press) 3 / 3

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 14, the Alexandria Fire Department hosted its annual open house the evening of Monday, Oct. 10.

The evening's activities included dinner, a bouncy house, a visit from Life Link III helicopter, fire hose spraying and more.

This year's theme, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out," highlights the importance of having more than one plan in case of emergency.

Look for the Fire Prevention Week extra in the Wednesday, Oct. 11, issue of the Echo Press.

About Fire Prevention Week

The first-ever Fire Prevention Week took place in October 1925 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, that fire left 250 people dead, 100,000 people homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Since 1925, Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, as that was the day the most damage was done during the Great Chicago Fire.

Local open houses

Garfield Fire Department, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10

Brandon Fire Department, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11

Osakis Fire Department, 3:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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