Hornby Island student wins province-wide Fire Prevention Week contest

Sophie Chapman will be presented with her iPad on Wednesday, Dec. 17

The annual Fire Prevention Week contest has expanded to include a prize winner in each of the five geographic zones of the province. Primary students were visited by firefighters before Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5 – 11, and given entry forms to enter into a contest after some fire safety activities were completed at home with their families.  The contest winner would receive  an iPad.

The five iPads are jointly sponsored by the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the BC Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Fire Training Officers’ Association of BC, the Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC and Fortis BC.

“Working  together we have been able to make the contest more meaningful across the province.  Each zone will have its own winner instead  of one winner for all of BC.,” said Timo Juurakko, chair of the Public Education Committee for the FPOABC. “Hopefully more families became engaged in fire prevention activities, which was the goal of the project.”

The winner for zone #1 (Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast) is from Hornby Island Community School.  Sophie Chapman will be presented with her iPad on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The take home activities that all children completed prompted attention to working smoke alarms and home escape planning with the entire family.