The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) recently recognized the winning entrants in its 2018 Fire Prevention Poster Contest and Fire Prevention Video Contest with an awards event on Saturday at Williamson County Emergency Operations Center in Franklin. The Greenfield community took home several honors from the contest.
Both statewide contests, which kicked off last fall, were designed to harness Tennesseans’ talent and creativity to help spread awareness of key fire prevention topics and messages.
The poster contest is a longstanding event used by the SFMO to highlight and promote fire safety awareness throughout Tennessee schools. This year’s contest theme corresponded with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week campaign focused on bringing awareness to fire safety: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
Local fire departments sponsored the poster contest in schools from their districts and judged a winner from each grade. The local winners were then sent to the SFMO for final judging in Nashville. More than 115 poster entries were received this year. The winners were selected by a panel of experts who generously volunteered their time.
Greenfield saw two poster winners recognized for their achievements. Jolie Lunsford secured the top spot for fifth graders with her colorful depiction of children learning Fire Safety 101. The Commissioner’s Choice Poster Winner was captured by kindergartener Carter Stephenson for his illustration of puppies enacting the theme.
Greenfield Fire Chief Bob Dudley and Lt. James Stone accompanied the winners to Nashville. Stone, who serves the Greenfield department in a public relations role and provides fire education for the classrooms, the city library, businesses and civic organizations, said that Lunsford and Stephenson are in a long line of poster winners from Greenfield. He also added that their efforts were up against a great deal of talent.
“When you see that level of talent and that we have two winners, it’s great,” he noted. “There’s a lot of good competition which is good. I want to see lots of involvement.”
Each statewide poster contest winner received a $50 prize check and a certificate of achievement signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.
The video contest, which is in its third year, was open to Tennessee residents of all ages. Both individuals and groups (including families, classes, senior groups, fire departments and more) were eligible to submit entries. Entrants were given the topic of “Close the Door” and were challenged to make videos that were both educational and entertaining.
Greenfield Fire Department was awarded second place for a video produced at the 2018 Fire Prevention Week. Weakley County Press reporter Karen Campbell captured the raw footage of the various fire department trucks lined up for the traditional parade closing their doors in sequence. Martin’s Grant Harper edited the piece.
The first-place video contest winner received a $500 prize check and the second-place video contest winner received a $250 prize check. Both video contest prizes were generously donated by Knox Company.
Chief Dudley said that the prize money will go back into public fire education.
Photos and video from the awards event can be found on the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s YouTube channel and Flickr page.
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