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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — While Fort Leonard Wood Fire Chief Brad Bowling and mascot Sparky the Fire Dog look on Sept. 15 at Fire Station No. 3, Garrison Commander Col. Jeff Paine signs a proclamation acknowledging Fort Leonard Wood’s role in National Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 3 through 9.

The theme this year is, “Learn the sounds of fire safety,” and, with COVID-19 safety in mind, the fire department has pre-recorded safety briefings and activities planned for students enrolled in the installation’s four elementary schools, including 10 safety videos on topics such as candles, the kitchen, Christmas trees and holiday lights, electricity, dryers and smoke detectors. Additionally, there will be a puppet show and story time videos also recorded at Fire Station No. 3.

All of the videos will be available for viewing on the Fort Leonard Wood Community Resources webpage.

Fire prevention officials here also ask that facility managers take time during the week to conduct fire inspections.

The annual Fire Prevention Week marks the anniversary of the Chicago fire, which occurred on Oct. 9, 1871, taking 250 lives and destroying 17,430 buildings worth more than $168 million.