National Fire Prevention Week, the longest running public safety observance on record, is celebrated this year during the week of October 5-11. As part of this week-long focus on fire safety, the La Porte City Fire/ Rescue Department will host its annual fish fry on Saturday, October 11. The all-you-can-eat fish fry gets underway at the Fire Station, 204 Main Street, at 5 PM and concludes at 8 PM. In addition to all the fish you can eat, diners will also enjoy potato salad, coleslaw, chips, rolls and choice of beverage to accompany dessert. Carryout and delivery options are available for those unable to dine at the Fire Station. To place an order, please call 342-2521 during the fish fry serving times. Coist for the meal is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
The first National Fire Prevention Day Proclamation was made by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920. Since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period of time October 9 falls. The significance of October 9 references the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people and left another 100,000 homeless. Each year since 1925, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation in observance of Fire Prevention Week.
The department is currently raising funds to invest in a vehicle stabilization unit, particularly useful in rescue situations where vehicles are in a ditch or some on other uneven surface.