The Brigade Kids Champion Competition

NSW Fire Brigades firefighters (L) Stephen Crawford, Joel Smelcher, Aaron Hall and Captain Kim Roche at the Windsor firehouse. Picture: Geoff Jones .

NSW Fire Brigades firefighters (L) Stephen Crawford, Joel Smelcher, Aaron Hall and Captain Kim Roche at the Windsor firehouse. Picture: Geoff Jones .

Firefighters from Windsor and Richmond are calling on all budding young artists from across the region to use their creativity and imagination to help promote fire safety, and have the chance to win great prizes in the process.

Windsor Station Commander Kim Roche said children are often unaware that a tiny flame can grow into a dangerous fire.

“Their young age and inexperience with the dangers of fire puts them at a high-risk. It is important that we teach children an escape plan and practice it frequently,” Commander Roche said. 

“The Brigade Kids Champion Competition is intended to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety among children form a young age.

“This competition complements our Fire Education Program which aims to reduce the severity of the tragedy and trauma cause by fires that can have lasting effects on children.”

Supported by he NSW Department of Education, the Brigade Kids Champion Competition encourages children from kindergarten to year 2 in NSW to create a poster that promotes one of three essential fire safety messages:

  • Practice your escape plan and have a safe meeting place
  • Get down low and go, go, go
  • Call Triple Zero in the case of a fire

The Brigade Kids Champion Competition will run from March 13 to April 23, with entries to be submitted at www.brigadekids.com

Entries will be judged by a panel of representative from the NSW Department of Education, Association of Independent Schools of NSW, NSW Teachers Federation, Catholic Education Commission NSW, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, LEGO, Scholasitic, Hi-5 and FRNSW Commissioner.

Winners from each category have the opportunity to win an Xbox One from Microsoft, LEGO City packs, and fire safety certificates among others. In addition, the schools of the winning children will also receive gift packs from Scholastic.

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