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  • The Jamaica Fire Brigade is hailing the remarkable response to its essay, poster and song competitions geared at increasing knowledge of fire safety and prevention among the youth.
  • The staging of the competitions, which culminated with an award ceremony on October 31, was part of activities for Fire Safety Awareness Week from October 26 to November 1.
  • Speaking with JIS News, District Officer attached to the Kingston and St. Andrew Fire Prevention Division, Nicholas O’Gilvie, said that the brigade is pleased with the response from the primary and secondary schools.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade is hailing the remarkable response to its essay, poster and song competitions geared at increasing knowledge of fire safety and prevention among the youth.

The staging of the competitions, which culminated with an award ceremony on October 31, was part of activities for Fire Safety Awareness Week from October 26 to November 1.

Speaking with JIS News, District Officer attached to the Kingston and St. Andrew Fire Prevention Division, Nicholas O’Gilvie, said that the brigade is pleased with the response from the primary and secondary schools.

“We had over 10 schools…submitting over 200 entries to all the categories. The theme for this year focused on the community and through the different categories of the competition, we engaged students and their families, thereby increasing their awareness and alertness to fire prevention as well,” he said.

Mr. O’Gilvie noted that the selection process was very difficult. “It took us several weeks to narrow down the competition to arrive at the final sectional prize winners,” he shared.

“Our judges looked for some key indicators as it relates to the theme. They looked at the content, presentation and how creative the students were. The winners were selected based on how best they portrayed the theme and which entries were convincing as it relates to fire safety,” he outlined.

Students from St. Aloysius Primary and Ardenne Preparatory and Extension High, topped the various categories of the competitions.

Mr. O’Gilvie told JIS News that the brigade plans to produce a fire safety album from the award-winning entries.

“We want to compile all the winners and runners-up on a CD. This should be ready for the Fire Safety Awareness Week competition in 2015,” he said.