- Friday, 17 April 2020 13:07
In these strange and challenging time, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is delighted to announce the winners of its colouring competition.
With the closure of schools, parents working from home and having to home-school their children, AF&RS aimed to create something fun but also educational for the children to get them thinking about fire safety.
The Service launched a colouring competition to help engage the younger members of the communities during the lockdown.
The criteria were simple: colour in the fire engine, send your entry to in and staff would pick a winner.
Staff from across the Service were impressed by the volume of entries received and also with the ideas and colouring skills.
Due to the number of entries, it was a very difficult choice to pick one winner so staff chose four winning categories by age-range and included some special mentions.
Simon Shilton, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for AF&RS, said: “We know that these are extremely challenging times for our communities so we wanted to do something fun and educational.
“Across the Service area, we normally provide education in schools for various age ranges, along with educational games and other forms of engagement from station open days to community visits.
“Even in times like this, it’s important that children and parents talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.
“We thought a short colouring completion would go some way to engaging children and help foster those conversations.
“We were delighted by the number of entries across age ranges and we will deliver prizes when it is safe to do so.”
The winners include:
Ages 2-3: Blossum Bamford, 2, won a special hand-knitted teddy.
Ages 4-5: Nathan Clark, 4, won a special hand-knitted teddy
Ages 6-7: Tallulah Francom, 7, won an exciting AF&RS kit including water bottle, snap wrist band and torch keyring
Ages 8+: Kadie Smith, 8, won an exciting AF&RS kit including water bottle, snap wrist band and torch keyring
In addition, AF&RS is rewarding Mary Elton Primary School in Clevedon for submitting some cracking entries and staying open to support key workers. The Service will send a fire engine to the school once it is safe to do so.
Finally, AF&RS would like to give a special mention to six-year-old Noah Jordan-Boyce who has some additional needs and therefore finds colouring in challenging.
He submitted an entry nonetheless to make the staff smile. AF&RS will invite him and his family to their nearest station once this is over for a private tour.
All the winners were announced during a live fire station tour of Bath on the 14th April and parents have already been in touch to say how the children are all delighted.
The Service would like to thank all who entered and also give a special mention to firefighters at Bath fire station for doing a great job with the reveal during the live tour, as well as educating children further on fire safety with a quiz and live storytelling.