The Pittsburg Fire Department has been involved with fire prevention programs for several decades. This includes presentations and programs to schools, church and civic groups, and businesses. Station tours and equipment displays are almost booked solid throughout each October, a time that focuses on fire prevention efforts throughout the nation.
Each year, the week which contains "October 9" is designated as fire prevention week in the United States. This date is when the most damage was done in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. That fire actually started on October 8 of that year, the same day as the most deadly fire in U.S. history, the Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire, in which over 1,100 people died, twelve communities were destroyed and an area twice the size of Rhode Island was burned.