Prevention 1st Announces “Films on Fire!”


Short Film Competition for Middle and High School Students Highlighting Fire Safety

 Rochester-area non-profit Prevention 1st is kicking off Fire Prevention Month on Monday by opening “Films on Fire!,” a short film competition encouraging local middle and high school students to create entertaining and educational videos to teach young people about fire safety.  The contest, which has a poster component for elementary school students, will be judged by local filmmakers and community leaders in February, with cash prizes going to the winners in each category.

 “With the recent news that New York State is second in the nation for the most deadly house fires, it’s more important than ever to make sure every member of the family knows how to prevent fires, but also what to do in the event they break out,” said retired RFD Lieutenant and Prevention 1st Vice President Robert Crandall.

 Interested young people and those who work with them are encouraged to visit to find out the details and requirements for the contest.   Included are content suggestions, so that students focus on the key messages that are most important for people to remember around fire safety.

 “We are excited to see the creativity that students bring to their videos,” Crandall said.  “Whether it’s practicing an exit plan, testing smoke alarms, or cooking more safely, we know that young people are more likely to learn from their peers.  This should be an innovative and entertaining way to teach some skills that youngsters often take for granted.”

 Of particular interest to young people may be the cash prize of $100 each for the winner of the middle school and high school “social media” category for students whose videos get the most “likes” on Facebook, YouTube or other sites.  The winning videos judged by the contest panel will each win $250.

 See attached flyer for both the video contest and poster contest.  Please share!

 Lt. Crandall (cell 748-6331) and Prevention 1st President Molly Clifford (cell 233-3699) will be available for comment any time during the week of October 1.

Films on Fire Poster

2018 Prevention 1st Poster Contest