TOPEKA - Last November ten-year-old Emily Britt, of Columbus, was announced as one of the three southeast regional winners in the 2017 'Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day' poster contest. This past Friday, Emily joined the other winners across the state in meeting Governor Sam Brownback, at his office in Topeka.

The winning posters, along with those earning Honorable Mention recognition, are currently being featured on a display in the Capitol Building rotunda and are highlighted in our 2018 Fire Safety Calendar.

The competition kicked off in October in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The poster contest is designed to support the fire safety education efforts of local fire departments. Participants were asked to use this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts, Know 2 Ways Out,” in their entries.

Emily received a bicycle and helmet, donated by Safe Kids Kansas, during a special presentation at her school Tuesday afternoon. The prizes were presented by KDOT Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Petersen, on behalf of KDOT and the Kansas Highway Patrol, at Central Middle School in Columbus, where Emily attends as a fifth-grader.

A total of 1,048 kids across Kansas ages five to 13 took the time to think about safety and participate in the contest. 'Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day' is a nationwide effort to increase roadway safety and reduce all traffic fatalities.

“Teaching fire safety to our youngest learners in Kansas is critical to promoting a safer Kansas for the future,” said State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen. “We very much appreciate the efforts of all students who participated, and the schools and teachers who recognize the importance of ensuring their students know about this important subject.”

Schools across Kansas encouraged participation from their students, who demonstrated their knowledge of fire safety that they have learned in school or at home. The poster contest was divided into grade categories: Kindergarten through fifth grade.


Andi Grable, Kindergarten, Troy Grade School, Troy, Kansas

Ella Grable, 1st Grade, Troy Grade School, Troy, Kansas

Nicole Wissler, 2nd Grade, Troy Grade School, Troy, Kansas

Blaire Beougher, 3rd Grade, Stockton Grade School, Stockton, Kansas

Mason Holmes, 4th Grade, Northeast Elementary School, Arma, Kansas

Emily Britt, 5th Grade, Central Junior High School, Columbus, Kansas

Several students’ entries are being recognized as “Honorable Mentions” and their posters are also featured in the annual Fire Safety Calendar along with the winners. Students earning Honorable Mention include:

Callie Anderson, Kindergarten, Kinsley-Offerle Elementary School, Offerle, Kansas

Sophia Ibarra, 1st Grade, Jennie Wilson Elementary School, Garden City, Kansas

Edgar Romo-Retana, 2nd Grade, Jennie Wilson elementary School, Garden City, Kansas

Sara Pando, 3rd Grade, Greeley County Elementary School, Tribune, Kansas

Hailey Nolan, 4th Grade, Greeley County Elementary School, Tribune, Kansas

Sienna DeFrain, 5th Grade, Pretty Prairie Middle School, Pretty Prairie, Kansas