The Auburn Fire Rescue Department held its annual poster contest breakfast at the fire station this morning. The breakfast recognized students in grades 1-5 who best depicted the fire prevention theme “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” in an art poster.

The goal of the poster contest is to educate students on various fire safety topics. This year’s theme revolved around smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are an early warning device for people, alerting them to a fire emergency. In Massachusetts 20% of all home fire deaths occurred in homes without smoke detectors or without working smoke detectors. Having working smoke detectors increases a person’s chance of survival in a home fire.

The poster contest gives students a chance to show firefighters what they have learned from the fire education classes provided by the Auburn Fire Rescue Department.

“This year we received hundreds of great posters from the Auburn Public Schools reflecting the given theme” said Lt. Shawn Steele. “It was very hard to judge, but help from the public through our Facebook page made it easier.

According to Lt. Steele, members of AFRD narrowed down all the entries to the finalists, but that the winners were “chosen by the public through the AFRD Facebook page.”

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Trevor Fuller was the overall winner and Sydney Mercadante was the overall runner up. Each was awarded with a new bicycle. Other grade winners were awarded a tee-shirt and a certificate of recognition. The grade winners were:

Nathan Minor
Rebekah Ferreira
Sadie Szczepaniak
Liana Adina
Ella Ferguson
Kelsey Lee
Amelia Whitney
Annika Berg
Lia McDonalds
Sean Derenas

The AFRD would like to thank the Auburn Public Schools and their art teachers for their support in this collaborative effort.