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Barnes Butte Elementary in Prineville wins this year’s Firebusters grand prize; special assembly next week


BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative recently held the 36th Annual Firebusters Fire & Life Safety program. The program includes five 30-second fire & life safety videos targeted for students kindergarten to fifth grade.

Videos are available by watching the morning or evening news on KTVZ, on YouTube, or on the KTVZ or Co-Op websites & social media pages.

Students receive a worksheet to reinforce the lessons learned, and then turn it in when completed for a prize such as a free ice cream from McDonald's.

At the conclusion of the program, all schools with over 50% participation are entered into a drawing to receive a Grand Prize Assembly that includes a visit from Buster the Fire Dog, the AirLink helicopter and local emergency responder vehicles. Students also receive a goodie bag.

This year, the program ran during National Fire Prevention Week, which was October 10-14. 15,000 worksheets were distributed to 44 elementary schools throughout Central Oregon. Safety topics for the program included; Pedestrian Safety, Pill Safety, Water Safety, Home Escape Planning and Campfire Safety. 10 schools had 50% or more students participate in the program to be eligible in the grand prize drawing.

Barnes Butte Elementary School was drawn as the winner of the Grand Prize Assembly! The Co-Op will be holding the assembly at the school on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 1 to 2:15 pm.

The Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative would like to thank the following sponsors for helping to make the Firebusters program possible: AirLink Critical Care Transport, Best Med Urgent Care, Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Association, Commute Options, Deschutes County 911, Deschutes County Sherriff’s Office, KTVZ, McDonald's, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative is a group of fire and life safety educators from local fire agencies whose mission is to promote an interagency exchange of ideas and resources by actively participating through coordinated fire and life safety education programs, projects and presentations.

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