Five Baltimore County Students Win Fire Prevention Poster Contest + Photos


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - Five Baltimore County Public Schools’ Grade 3 students were honored last night for their submissions in the annual Baltimore County Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Students from 11 BCPS elementary schools participated in the 2022 contest. Students were asked to design posters illustrating this year’s theme: “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.”

Awards were presented to:

1st Place – Alan Rodriguez-Zambrano, Fifth District Elementary School

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2nd place – Harper Norman, Sparks Elementary School

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3rd Place – Facundo Durand, Pine Grove Elementary School

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4th Place (tie) – Lilia Smith, Pine Grove Elementary School

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4th Place (tie) – Fatima Umul Khair, Victory Villa Elementary School

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    Prizes are provided by the Baltimore County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association and the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1311.

    The prizes were $100 for first place, $50 each for second and third place, $35 each for fourth and fifth place, and $25 each for honorable mentions. The Fire Museum of Maryland will also display the top five winning posters at the museum for one year.

    BCPS Visual Arts Coordinator Ryan Twentey congratulated the winners on their work, and thanked the Baltimore County Fire Department for their ongoing support.

    “The fire safety poster contest is one of our most beloved opportunities in the elementary art rooms and is among the longest-running partnerships we have,” Twentey said. “Each year, it combines important fire safety learning with the powerful abilities of art and artists to communicate messages and awareness to others.”

    Jennifer Martucci, emergency medical services lieutenant and community risk reduction manager in the fire department, thanked BCPS for educating young people about the importance of fire safety.

    “We believe that successful fire prevention involves educating and making advocates of young people,” Martucci said. “Young people, like these poster contest participants, already have played an important role in helping us save lives and protect property by spreading an important fire safety message.”

    The award ceremony at Dundalk High School was attended by Fire Chief Joanne Rund and President of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, Susan Bollinger.

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