Two scouts from the 1st Silverton Scout Group from Devon have won a runner-up prize in Chubb Fire & Security's national fire safety competition after impressing judges with their detailed home escape plan poster design.
1st Silverton Scout Group from Devon have won a runner-up prize in Chubb Fire & Security’s national fire safety competition
Chubb Fire & Security challenged scout groups from across the country to produce a poster detailing priority actions that families should take in the event of a fire. The runner-up design was a joint effort created by Ellie, aged 12, and Kim, aged 13, of the 1st Silverton Scout Group, which is based near Exeter, Devon. The talented pair secured a cash prize of £100 for their troop in addition to having their poster featured on the Chubb website.
1st Silverton Scouts Leader Adrian Beer says that the troop devoted several evenings to producing submissions for the competition.
"It was a very constructive exercise, which we completed as part of a number of varied activities to keep the Scouts engaged and interested. Some of them are still working towards their Fire Safety badge, and we have plans to revisit the local fire station in Exeter in the summer in order to finish the badge," Beer said.
He says that the troop was delighted when it discovered that the entry had been recognised as runner-up.
"We have about 26 Scouts in the troop and submitted 15 designs altogether, and everyone was so pleased to hear that one of our entries had been named as runner-up. We are going to let Kim and Ellie decide what we do with the prize money, but it will go towards a group activity or outing that the whole troop can enjoy."
The competition was organised through Chubb's partnership with the Scout Association, which aims to protect more young people from fire by educating them early about the risks and how they can be prevented. Since its launch in 2004, more than 92,000 Scouts have received the Chubb Fire Safety Badge, making it one of the most popular of all the scouting badges.
Jane Garland, marketing communications manager for Chubb, says that a home escape plan is a vital element of every household's fire safety.
"Both the Fire Service and Chubb recommends that all homes have two exit routes as part of their Home Escape Plan in case of fire. This competition was designed as a fun, but ultimately informative, activity to reinforce the crucial message of fire safety to young people. We received over 70 submissions, but were very impressed by Ellie and Kim's design as it clearly showed a practical approach and a thought through escape route."