Fire Prevention Week is right around the corner, and local students are preparing for this year’s theme “Don’t Wait, Check the Date” through the annual poster contest. Collierville Fire Department personnel, Collierville Schools administration and board members, and Town administration and employees stopped by the Morton Museum on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 to help select the Town-level winners from each grade through a blind judging process.
These winners will then be sent to the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Nashville to be part of the state-wide fire prevention poster contest; winners are typically announced toward end of the year. In 2015, seven out of the sixteen total state-level winners were from Collierville.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week, highlighting a specific theme each year, has been observed on a national level the week of October 9th. The Collierville Fire Department promotes the theme for the entire month in schools, retirement communities and by participating in the National Fire Protection Association’s Poster Contest.