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Libby Volunteer Fire Department 119 East 6th Street
Libby, Mt 59923
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  • Station 1: 119 East 6th Street
  • Station 2: 180 River Run Lane N Hwy 37
  • Station 3: 38137 US Hwy 2 S

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Make a difference, become part of our team!

Do you have what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter and provide a valuable service to Libby and the surrounding communities?

Our crew of 30 volunteers is always looking for aspiring men and women to protect the lives and properties of their neighbors in time of emergency. Please stop by our station located in downtown Libby to pick up an application and an information packet explaining the duties and requirements of becoming a Libby volunteer fire fighter.

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National Fire Prevention Week
October 8 — 14, 2017

The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2017, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”, emphasized why every household needs to have an effective home fire escape plan. Fire experts agree that you only have two minutes to get out of your home safely in the event of a fire. With fires doubling in size every minute, it only takes about five minutes for an entire house to be consumed by flames. And with one in seven people dying in a house fire each day, knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death.

Your Libby Volunteer Fire Department personnel made their presence well known during Fire Prevention Week by visiting Libby area schools to teach children about smoke alarm basics, fire safety in the home, and how to prevent fire-related injuries. With truck demonstrations, exciting safety messages, puppet shows featuring Firefighter Frank, and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog®, the children of the Libby Elementary School, the Kootenai Valley Christian School, and Kootenai Valley Head Start had the opportunity to engage in an entertaining learning environment.

During the week, the LVFD personnel also visited interested area businesses, community organizations, and special interest groups to answer questions relating to fire safety and fire prevention while focusing on the proper procedures to update and maintain smoke alarms in the business and home.

If you have any questions concerning Fire Prevention Week or if your organization would like our volunteers to provide fire prevention education for your staff, please call the Libby Volunteer Fire Department for additional information.

The Legend

Fire Prevention Week commemorates what is known as the Great Chicago Fire that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871.

This notorious blaze was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century, killing 250 people, leaving another 100,000 people homeless, destroying 17,400 structures, and burning more than 2000 acres.

According to popular legend, about 9:00pm on Sunday, October 8, the fire began in a barn owned by Irish immigrants, Patrick and Catherine O′Leary. The couple had already retired for the night until their neighbors began calling out about the fire in the barn. A rumor, which was put into print by Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican journalist, has it that Mrs. O′Leary′s cow kicked over a kerosene lantern that had been placed in the barn. However, some 22 years later, Mr. Ahern admitted that he had fabricated the “cow-and-lantern” story that had put the blame on Catherine O′Leary. Sure, there was a barn and a cow, but the official report could not determine the exact cause of the Great Chicago Fire on that fateful day. Despite rumors to the contrary, this legend took and is still widely circulated to this day.

This tragedy changed the way firefighters and the public thought about the importance of fire safety and fire prevention. On October 9, 1911, the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (known today as the International Fire Marshals Association), sponsored the nation′s first Fire Prevention Day with the intent to raise awareness and to educate the public on fire safety.

Nine years later, the day became an official national designation when President Woodrow Wilson issued the National Fire Prevention Day proclamation in 1920. To further commemorate this notorious event, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 1925 as a national observance to be honored every year on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website.

2017 Fire Prevention Week Printable Activities

To begin with, bring your entire family together and draw a map of your home marking at least two different ways each household member can escape from every room. Then practice your home fire drill several times a year, at different times of the day, while meeting outside at the designated area.

It’s time to break out your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and show off your coloring skills while learning a valuable lesson about planned fire escape safety.

Not only planning and practicing home fire escape drills will help save lives, but equally important is having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms throughout the home. Get to know your smoke alarms by printing out this handy worksheet.

Then, print out the smoke alarm calendar to help remind you and your family to test each and every smoke alarm in your home on a monthly basis.

See what all the fun is about in this kids’ bedroom. First, find the smoke alarm, then see if you can find an ice cream cone, a bowling pin, and other silly things hidden in this printable activity worksheet.

Hey kids! Use your math, spelling, and tracing skills to complete these educational activities while learning the importance of smoke alarms.

Become a super sleuth by cracking the code to solve Sparky’s secret safety message.

Use your creative writing skills to write a Sparky poem about fire safety.

Additional Fire Safety Documents and Links

The official Sparky the Fire Dog® web site has been designed to educate children of all ages on the importance of fire safety in the home through fun, interactive games, puzzles, and cartoons for the entire family. Explore this entertaining environment with your children at

The NFPA also offers a number of customizable tip sheets on topics such as escape planning, fire protection products for the home, safety guidelines for household appliances and other equipment, and safety practices for the outdoors that you can download and print for your personal use. Just follow this link to NFPA Safety Tip Sheets at your convenience.

For additional information on home fire safety and fire prevention tips, please visit our Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips page.