Student-made fire prevention logos featured on Camden trucks

By Susan Mustapich | Oct 18, 2016
Courtesy of: Jaime Stone Fifth-grade winner of the Camden Fire Department's Fire Safety logo contest is Ryan Anderson, who illustrated an all important life-saving message. Anderson is pictured with, from left, Camden-Rockport Middle School Principal Jaime Stone, firefighter Matt Heath, and Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley.

CAMDEN — Camden-Rockport Middle School and Children's House Montessori School students fire prevention awareness logos, now painted on Camden's Engine 4 and ladder truck, will be a moving reminder all year of how to help prevent fires.

The winners were announced, and the logos displayed Oct. 14 at the middle school. The fire trucks will visit the Montessori school Thursday, Oct. 20.

The Camden Fire Department came up with the idea of involving students in Fire Prevention Week outreach, by offering to paint the students' logos on a real fire truck, according to Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley.

Firefighters visited the schools and made presentations during lunch time, and supplied rolls of butcher paper, paint and markers. The students did the rest.

CRMS Principal Jaime Stone said she got reports from the students that they worked on their submissions for "hours and hours," taking the materials home to put in the extra time. Farley said both the students and the firefighters are excited about the results.

The Fire Department received 18 submissions from the four grades at CRMS, and one submission jointly worked on by students at the Montessori school.

Judges, who looked for clear and colorful safety messages included. State Fire Marshal Investigator Mary-Ann MacMaster, Camden Town Manager Patricia Finnigan, firefighter Matt Heat, Assistant Fire Chief John Wickenden, as well as Farley and Stone.

The CRMS fire prevention logo winners are: Ryan Anderson, fifth grade, Rachel Rademacher, seventh grade, and Shauna Murray, eighth grade.

Winning logos were professionally applied to the fire trucks by Adventure Advertising, specialists in vehicle graphics and wraps, and are certain to last the full year.

Farley said he would like to run the contest every year, and change the graphics on Engine 4 with each year's winners.

Courier Publications reporter Susan Mustapich can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at smustapich@villagesoup.com.

Seventh-grade winner Rachel Rademacher's logo should remind everyone to check what we have plugged into outlets at home. She is pictured with Camden firefighter Taylor Benzie. (Courtesy of: Jaime Stone)
Eighth-grade winner Shauna Murray's fire safety logo was added to both sides of Camden's ladder truck. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The team effort to place student's fire safety messages on Camden's fire trucks, where eveyone can see them, includes from left, Fire Marshal Investigator Mary-Ann MacMaster, Assistant Fire Chief Todd Anderson, firefighters Taylor Benzie and Matt Heath, Camden-Rockport Middle School Principal Jaime Stone and Fire Chief Chris Farley. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Fifth-graders raced into Camden's fire truck Oct. 14, as soon as they were released outside for recess. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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Susan Mustapich is a staff reporter with The Camden Herald covering Camden, Lincolnville and RSU 13.

She has lived in Knox County for 21 years, and enjoys gardening, music and dancing.

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