The perks of being fire smart

Lacey King, a grade three student at Peter Greer Elementary, went home from school with an exciting surprise on Monday. She was the lucky winner of a new laptop in a school contest based on fire safety.

Lacey King

Lacey King, a grade three student at Peter Greer Elementary, went home from school with an exciting surprise on Monday. She was the lucky winner of a new laptop in a school contest based on fire safety.

Each year the Office of the Fire Commissioner asks fire departments in communities all across B.C. to work with local teachers to educate kids on how to respond to fire emergencies. For completing all of the assigned work students get to enter their name in a draw for a computer.

Only one computer is given away in the entire province each year and Lacey was all smiles when Fire Commissioner Rick Owens called her name out during a special school assembly and asked her to come collect her prize.

Owens says the skills that the students learn make a real difference when it counts.

“Not too long ago I talked to a boy and girl whose family home had caught fire and they told me they just did what they were taught to do in school,” says Owens.

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