Fire Prevention Week

Each year the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District commemorates National Fire Prevention Week (FPW) by offering fire-safety education presentations at local schools and organizations. The district's Public Education Coordinator and firefighters present fire-safety messages to students in preschool through fourth grade with an occasional visit with fifth-graders. Schools visited this year include:


History of Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week commemorates the anniversary of two of the most devastating fires in United States history, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the Peshtigo Fire of 1871. Both fires began around 9:00 p.m. on October 8, 1871 and continued through the next day.

The Chicago Fire took the lives of 250 people, left another 10,000 homeless, and consumed 17,400 structures over 2,000 acres. The wildfire in Peshtigo was the worst of the two fires, yet many people have never heard of it. Within one day, 1,200 people perished in the Peshtigo conflagration. Seventeen towns were consumed and 1.5 million acres were scorched.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored Fire Prevention Week as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.


To schedule a fire-safety presentation, please contact Public Relations Coordinator Julie Taber at (858) 756-6008 or