(Contest winner Nikhil Vinoj pictured with his family, Vinoj Kumaiz, Saritha Kumari and Naditha Saritha, along with the Merritt Fire Crew)
Fire prevention week runs every October under the theme of ‘not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!’
During the week, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, Fire Prevention Officers' Association of BC and BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund host a contest for elementary students’ in grades k-7.
The students are asked to create a video or poster that reflects a fire prevention topic.
Local Bench Elementary School student Nikhil Vinoj was declared the regional winner, and yesterday the Fire Department came to his school with a few special prizes.
Nikhil won an iPad, a pizza party lunch for his class, and $500 for his school. His prizes were awarded in front of the whole school at an assembly.
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