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Marion Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week

Post Date:10/11/2018 2:34 PM

don't play with matches poster design The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere™” Fire Prevention Week was October 7-13, 2018.

Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:

  • Look for places fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each room

The Marion Fire Department keeps very busy during the month of October educating area youth on fire safety. They visited about 620 kindergarten students, 560 first graders and 621 third graders during Fire Prevention Week alone. In addition to the school-aged children, they hosted several events at the Marion Public Library and educated roughly 175 kids in fire safety. Nine preschool and  daycare visits also occurred during the month of October.

All of the third graders in Marion participate in a fire safety poster contest. The goal for students is to have fun drawing the posters while also learning a fire safety message. It would be impossible to judge over 600 posters, so the teachers have to pick just one poster from each classroom to be judged. The Marion Fire Department then chooses the best design from each school and also selects one overall winner for the entire city. Those results are listed below. Congrats to all who participated in the 2018 poster contest.

 Linn Grove

  • Kristin Fisher – Best in School & Best in the City (design pictured)
  • Emery Stanger
  • Kyra Homan
  • Everleigh Hutchens


  • Kaylee Carr – Best in the School
  • Gavin Cheney
  • Caroline Pohlman

Indian Creek

  • Raelynn Berry-Price – Best in the School
  • Emma Beltz
  • Brettlyn Lane
  • Brianna Labs


  • Alaina Ledger – Best in the School
  • Makinley Sweet
  • Teagan Finn

Echo Hill

  • Peyton Adair – Best in the School
  • Brooklyn Simmons
  • Olivia Daubs
  • Mason Akery


  • Carter Kasemeier – Best in the School
  • Jalynn Dewitt
  • Aubri Ann Reynolds
  • Miriam McCreary
  • Taryn Oelmann
  • Jaleaya Oliver
  • Sienna Rechkemmer

St. Joseph

  • Clara Haller – Best in the School
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