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Fire Prevention Week Essay Contest Winners

Two Ashland fourth graders will ride to school on a fire engine this week in honor of National Fire Prevention Week after writing an essay based on this year's theme. Evan R. and Vera L. will arrive at Bellview and Walker elementary schools in style on an Ashland Fire & Rescue engine. Students are normally greeted by their classmates as they arrive.

Each year since 2009, fourth graders are invited to participate in essay contest based on the National Fire Prevention Week theme. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Bellview & Walker elementary schools participated in the event this year.

Ashland Fire & Rescue reminds everyone to not only check the batteries in your smoke alarm, but to replace your smoke alarm if it is ten or more years old. Having a working smoke alarm increases your chance of surviving a fire to about 70%. A working smoke alarm and fire sprinkler system increase your chance of surviving a fire to almost 100%.

Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 4,000 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.

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