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HEATED CONTEST IGNITES KIDS’ CREATIVITY

FAVORITE FIRE DOG MAKES SURPRISE VISIT

Date: May 19, 2013                                                                                                PIO Number: 13-5-17
 
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ARSON AWARENESS CONTEST WINNERS
9 a.m. Monday, May 20
Cooper City Elementary School
5080 SW 92 Ave., Cooper City


Students from Cooper City Elementary School will get prizes and surprises for their winning entries in the Arson Awareness Week contest, coordinated by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s life safety educators.

For the seventh year in a row, BSFR has partnered with the Broward County Juvenile Firesetters Program, the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal and local elementary schools to offer this contest as an additional outlet to teach kids about arson awareness and fire prevention. Each year’s contest theme is different. The theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson.

The third, fourth and fifth grade students who participated in the essay contest had to write a short story about this year’s topic. The judges chose the winning essays based on accuracy of information, focus on topic, relevant supporting ideas and creativity. The winning students will receive certificates, prizes and their teachers will also receive certificates with the overall winner’s teacher getting a gift card to Ace Educational Supply, donated by the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention.

In addition to the awards, the winning students and their classes will get to tour a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue truck and meet the firefighters, as well as a visit from everyone’s favorite fire dog, Ember. Ember is the State Fire Marshal’s arson detection dog who has a nose for fire. Seven-year-old Ember and her handler, Capt. Ross Holt, will show the kids how her super-sensitive olfactory can quickly sniff out the source of arson fires.

This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
05/19/13 1100

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