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U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and Maj Matthew Strickler, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, pose with the signed Fire Week Prevention proclamation at the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Base, Texas Oct. 5, 2017. The signing brought awareness to the Fire Prevention Week and its theme of “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and Maj Matthew Strickler, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, pose with the signed Fire Week Prevention proclamation at the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Base, Texas Oct. 5, 2017. The signing brought awareness to the Fire Prevention Week and its theme of “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, speaks to the crowd before signing the Fire Week Prevention proclamation at the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Force Base Oct. 5, 2017. With the help of Smokey, Spark and Blaze, the importance of knowing multiple ways out of each building and the importance of Fire Prevention Week was addressed by Mills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, speaks to the crowd before signing the Fire Week Prevention proclamation at the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Force Base Oct. 5, 2017. With the help of Smokey, Spark and Blaze, the importance of knowing multiple ways out of each building and the importance of Fire Prevention Week was addressed by Mills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Chapman/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Oct. 8 through 14 marks Fire Prevention Week and in observation of that Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, signed the Fire Prevention Week proclamation at the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Force Base Oct 5.

During a speech after a fire drill with the fire department on base, Mills spoke on this year’s theme of “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” and how seconds can make the difference between escaping to safely or tragedy. The National Fire Protection Association provides additional information and plans to help teach children of the dangers of fires and how to escape a fire on their own.

For more information visit www.firepreventionweek.org