SEYMOUR - Once a year many local Fire Marshals around the State promote a Fire Prevention Poster Contest involving fourth and fifth graders within their elementary schools.
This is a cooperative effort throughout the State involving many State Agencies, Fire Department and Fire Marshal Associations and the Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry). Students with the assistance of their teachers create posters that promote fire safety within their community and homes.
Fire safety information and examples are given to their teachers from the local Fire Marshal. The local Fire Marshal along with his or her team select the best one from the fourth and fifth grades. It is a difficult task but one I love doing. Those are then passed on to the County level where the best ones are chosen and then passed on to the State level.
This year Bungay School had two winners, one in fourth grade, and the other in fifth grade.
"As Fire Marshal, I love going thru the hundreds of posters and observing the creative art form that the children have," said Fire Marshal Paul Wetowitz.” "Also, I am hoping that the fire safety lesson they learn will one day save themselves, family members, friends and people from the effects of fires.
Also, I am hoping that the messages they take with them will last a life time and they pass it on. Any fire is one fire too many to occur."
These two Bungay students, along with the other winners from Chatfield School, will also be offered a ride to school in one of the Fire Department’s trucks.
"Imagine going to school with lights blazing and siren sounding?" Wetowitz added.
Country and State winners will receive a monetary check along with the School receiving a matching grant. Their posters will also be displayed in locations around the State.
(This is a press release from Bungay School)