Each summer as our nation approaches the Fourth of July celebration, the Los Angeles County Fire Department sponsors its popular "Junior Fire Chief for a Day Poster Contest" to encourage all residents to stay safe by visiting a professional fireworks show.
Contest organizers in the Department's Public Information Office invite all elementary schools in Los Angeles County, grades one through six, to participate by creating an original poster based on the theme "Visit Your Local Professional Fireworks Show." The posters arrive at Fire Department headquarters and votes are cast by grade level for the best representation of the theme. The contest is a fun way to spread the message of fireworks safety and to help reduce the number of fireworks-related injuries.
Next Thursday, June 28, at 9:30 a.m., at the Los Angeles City Fire Department's Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, the six grand prize winners will be honored, one chosen from each grade level , and will be declared by Fire Chief Daryl Osby as "Junior Fire Chiefs for a Day," as part of the a media event co-hosted by both the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Fire Departments.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is committed to ensuring that the public enjoys a safe Fourth of July each summer. At the press event, Fire officials will discuss the high fire danger and potential for injury as the consequences of using fireworks. Also, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and representatives of the Grossman Burn Center will also discuss the dangers associated with discharging firearms into the air.
This year's contest winners include first grader Timothy Kim of Mark Keppel Elementary School, second grader Jaden Steinhoff of San Marino Carver Elementary, third grader Hamin Choi of Mark Keppel Elementary School, fourth grader Emely Velasco of the Elizabeth Learning Center, fifth grader Wendy Razo of Towne Avenue Elementary School and sixth grader Hilary Luong of Brightwood Elementary School. Congratulations to all of this year's winners and thanks to all of our contest participants!