Dictionaries describe a challenge as a call or summons to engage in any contest of skill or strength, or a competition that requires determination to achieve. More than 90 participants entered the Fire Prevention Week Challenge with confidence, enthusiasm, and determination. The FPW Challenge was an opportunity for participants to share how they used NFPA materials during Fire Prevention Week and help reach more people with this year’s theme: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”
To be entered into a random drawing to win a Fire Safety Sports Box, participants conducted an FPW activity, took a photo of the activity, and completed an application. Here is a list of the 2015 FPW Challenge Winners.
- Charles Lavin, New Jersey Division of Fire Safety
- Mary MacCaffrie, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office
- Paul Labrecque, Biddeford (ME) Fire Department
- Erin Wighton, Five Cities Fire (CA)
- Tanja Tanner, Goodyear (AZ) Fire Department
- Joe Simon, Shakopee (MN) Fire Department
- Bethany Brunsell, St. Paul (MN) Fire Department
- Kirk Trujillo, Rushville (NE) Volunteer Fire Department
- Karla Richter, Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office
- Carrie Goebnel, Freeport (MN) Volunteer Fire Department
Included above are photos from winners Mary MacCaffrie and Tanja Tanner.
Mary shared with us that New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan kicked off Fire Prevention Week with an event at a Concord fire house. He spoke about the importance of this year's theme and the history of FPW. Governor Maggie Hassan declared FPW in the state with a proclamation.
Tanja told us about the dinner that residents of Goodyear, Arizona, had with Fire Chief Paul Luizzi. She said it was a great time to learn about the importance of working smoke alarms and the proper location for smoke alarms in the home using FPW 2015 materials.
Congratulations to everyone who took the challenge and all of the winners!