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Monticello Students Win Fire Safety Awards


March 5, 2020

Sue Moen

Front (L-R): Macey Grant, Angela Cash, Misty Keller. Middle (L-R): John Blumer, Garrett Grossen (Monticello Fire). Back (L-R): Paul Burk (New Glarus Fire), Jon Eyler, Robert Burt, Tyler Disch, (Monticello Fire), Eric Salzwedel (Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin).

Last week, three Monticello students were recognized by the Wisconsin Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) for posters they created illustrating Fire Safety. The contest was open to students state-wide for students from first to 12th Grade.

Misty Keller, Angela Cash and Macey Grant were presented with plaques and gift cards by Eric Salzwedel, Program Coordinator. In attendance for the presentation were several Monticello Firefighters, and Monticello teacher, Paul Burk, who is a firefighter in New Glarus.

Over 300 posters were received as part of the contest which ended in December.

Salzwedel noted during the presentation that the Wisconsin Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) works to create a ire-safe and burn-free Wisconsin through education, risk mitigation, and support of Burn Survivors, Fire Fighters, and Communities.

The PFFWCF also has a deep commitment to supporting burn survivors. This goes back to the inception of our organization after a 15-day period in 1987, when three fires took the lives of 17 children and three adults. Those events prompted the creation of The Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety (WAFS), which aimed to not only promote fire safety and prevention but also support burn survivors.

From August 9-15, 2020, the 26th Annual Summer Camp will be held in at Camp Timber-lee just outside of East Troy, WI. This free, week-long summer camp provides remarkable continuation of care for kids with life-changing burn injuries by promoting healing and peer support and helping campers visualize life beyond their injuries. Each year the steering committee works year round to plan a new Burn Camp theme to make each child's experience fresh, unique, and more impactful. Over 100 burn survivors and volunteers work to make this camp special.

The group puts out a newspaper that is free to fire departments and schools.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation reduces risk and enhances the work fire fighters do both on and off duty. Over the last several years we have supported initiatives throughout the state through small grants, sponsorships, donations, and more.

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