DCA Announces Winners of

2011 Fire Safety Poster Contest

Morris Knolls High School Student Is Grand Prize Winner


TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Lori Grifa today announced Jessie Tredinnick of Morris Knolls High School as the grand prize winner of the New Jersey Fire Safety Poster Contest for the 2010-2011 school year. The poster contest is cooperatively organized by the DCA's Division of Fire Safety and the New Jersey Fire Prevention and Protection Association.

"Jessie's poster accomplishes the goal of encouraging fire safety awareness in the home, school, and community," said Commissioner Grifa. "The important message behind her fantastic artwork will now be seen in schools and municipal buildings around New Jersey. I congratulate her and the other six division winners on a job well done."

Jessie beat out more than 5,000 other contestants and six other division winners from across the State. Her poster will now be distributed throughout New Jersey carrying the message of "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With," which was the theme of the 2010-2011 contest.

The other division winners are as follows:

Division 1 – Jessica Salvia, Lanes Mill Elementary, Ocean County

Division 2 – Colin Gelak, Thomas Richards School, Camden County

Division 3 – Larissa Portillo, Dr. William Horton School, Essex County

Division 4 & Overall Winner – Jessie Tredinnick, Morris Knolls High School, Morris County

Division 5 – Dominica Brown, Burlington County Institute of Technology, Burlington County

Division 6 – Jackson Maddox, Brookside School, Middlesex County

Division 7 – Taylor Foster, Union County Vocational Technical High School, Union County

The overall winning poster is re-printed and distributed statewide by Atlantic City Electric to all public assembly areas in the state. It serves as the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety Official Fire Safety Poster for 2011, in keeping with this year’s theme promoted by the National Fire Protection Association. Other major sponsors include the New Jersey Association of Fire Equipment Distributors, the New Jersey Fire Prevention and Protection Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, and the Joshua Marcus Group. The sponsors combined to provide seven Dell laptop computers and printers for the contest's seven division winners.

The theme for the 2011-2012 Poster Contest will be "Protect Your Family From Fire." More information on the 2011-2012 fire safety poster contest will be posted later this month at http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dfs/ on the Division of Fire Safety website.

The DCA's Division of Fire Safety serves as the central fire service agency in the State. The Division is responsible for the development and enforcement of the State Uniform Fire Code, as well as for implementing public education and firefighter training programs.