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"Keep The Wreath Red" Program

Dec. 14, 2010

“Keep the Wreath Red” Program


This holiday season we celebrate the 30th year anniversary of Illinois Fire Chiefs

Association’s (IFCA) adopted “Keep the Wreath Red” Program.


The “Keep the Wreath Red” program was established in 1954 by Naperville,

Illinois Paid-On-Call Firefighter Paul Boecker.


In 1979 “Keep the Wreath Red” became a country-wide program for the Dupage

County Fire Chiefs Association before being adopted by the IFCA in 1980, by

then president, Chief Paul Boecker.


Annually the “Keep the Wreath Red” Program is endorsed by the IFCA Board of

Directors to alert residents of fires caused by holiday decorations. Each year a

few more departments participate in this program.


The “Keep the Wreath Red” Program is a visual reminder to citizens to take

additional safety precautions during the holiday season to make this a safe and

happy holiday season.


In 1996, the North Shore Fire Department joined fire departments around the

country in the "Keep the Wreath Red" program.


As the holiday season begins, each fire station in the North Shore places in

public view a holiday wreath decorated with red bulbs. The wreaths are

illuminated constantly. If a fire is directly caused by holiday decorations, one red

bulb will be changed to a white bulb.


Please use our wreaths as a reminder to have a Fire Safe Holiday.


Help us to "Keep the Wreaths Red!"


Questions or comments can be directed to the North Shore Fire Department

Public Education Office at or 414-228-0292.


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