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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention week (FPW) is observed annually on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls.

In Canada, Fire Prevention Week is proclaimed annually by the Governor General. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is chosen by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and announced in early June.

FPW was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

BFES hosts events throughout the week. Event details are posted each year to on this webpage, the City’s community events calendar and Facebook events listing.

2016 FPW Events

​Join Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) at the 2016 Fire Prevention Week events to help raise awareness about the importance of fire safety.

Oct 10–23 TVO Kids Push 2 Buttons Campaign!
BFES, the Office of the Fire Marshal and TVOKids are teaming up to encourage everyone to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Kids can visit www.tvokids.com to enter the number of alarms they’ve tested and print a special certificate.

Oct 11


FPW Official Kick-off 
10–11am
Fire Station #1, 155 Dunlop St. West

Join the Mayor, the Ontario Fire Marshal, Barrie Fire Chief and Firefighters as they kick-off Fire Prevention Week with the premier of Barrie Fire’s latest fire safety music video. Willie Nelson fans won’t want to miss this.

Oct 11

Domino’s Pizza Partnership
6–8pm 

Dinner is on us - if your alarms are working! BFES has partnered with Domino’s Pizza to deliver pizza and make sure residents have functioning smoke and CO alarms.  If the alarms are present and working, the pizza is FREE! 

Oct 11

Help Fill the Sparky Van with Outdated Alarms!
8:30am–4:30pm
Fire Station 1, 155 Dunlop Street West

Sparky’s on a mission to make sure every home in Barrie has working smoke and CO) alarms.  Here’s how you can help:  
  • Check the date on your alarms. If they’re expired, bring them to the Sparky Van with proof that they’ve been replaced (a photo on your phone or a receipt).
  • Enter the draw to win dinner for six at Fire Station 1!  Draw will take place October 16th. 
Oct 15

Home Depot Fire Safety Day
9am–12pm
10 Barrie View Drive

Watch how quickly fire spreads with a live side-by-side burn demo.  A fire truck will be on display outside and Firefighters and Georgian College students will work with kids on a fire safety craft inside the store.  Participants must register on-site, as space is limited. The event is in partnership with the Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Council.


Oct 15

DIY for Homeowners
1:30–2pm Registration; 2–4pm Event
Fire Station 1, 155 Dunlop Street West

Spend an afternoon with Barrie Firefighters to learn fire safety essentials such as alarm placement and installation, turning off gas, hydro and water, home escape planning, building an emergency kit and more. Space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday, October 11th to Jackie.Williams@barrie.ca or 705-728-3199.


Oct 16



Fire Station Open Houses
10am–1pm

Fire Station 1, 155 Dunlop St W
Fire Station 2, 15 Bell Farm Rd
Fire Station 3, 350 Big Bay Point Rd
Fire Station 4, 250 Ardagh Rd 
Fire Station 5, 371 King St

New this year, BFES will host open houses at all five fire stations. Tour the stations, check out the fire trucks, meet firefighters and enjoy light refreshments. Sparky will visit each location on a special antique fire truck and hand out treats! Follow his ride-along live with @Barrie_Fire

Photos from Past Fire Prevention Weeks

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