The 5-Alarm Festival & Chili Cook-off is hosted annually by Hampton Fire & Rescue on the first or second Saturday of October. One major goal of the festival is to bring awareness to the dangers of fire and to promote fire safety through educational and preventive activities. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home injuries, followed by heating fires.
Each year Hampton Fire & Rescue offers free home safety surveys and does a door-to-door campaign targeting residential areas where fires have occurred more frequently. The Division also has a free smoke detector program. Proceeds from the festival help to support that program and fire safety education and prevention activities throughout the city.
This is a fun-filled family event with face-painting and crafts for the children. View our photo gallery.
During the festival, you can:
Learn valuable fire safety information
Enjoy a bounce house and slides
Meet our Accelerant Detection Dog, Taylor
Check out a fire engine or ambulance and talk to the crew