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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

March 13, 2003


Charlotte, NC - What is the best way to put out an electrical fire?  What three elements are needed for a fire to start?  Those are the types of questions that students will attempt to answer in the 25th annual "Fire & Life Safety Bowl."  The Fire & Life Safety Bowl is a quiz contest designed to educate students across Mecklenburg County about fire safety.  It will take place Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at the Oasis Shrine temple at 604 Doug Mayes Place in Charlotte.

The day's schedule is:

Opening Ceremonies 9:00am
Competition Begins  10:00am
Championship Round 1:00pm

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from 25 public and private schools in Mecklenburg County will participate.  Each school will field a team of five students.  A host will ask questions from a guide the students have studied since January.  With each round, teams will face elimination or advance until a winner is declared.

The first place team wins $700 and the John W. Knowles award, a silver bowl engraved with the school's name.  The award is named in honor of Mecklenburg County's longtime fire marshal, who retired in 1998.  The second place team wins $500 and third place wins $300.  The schools will use the prize money to purchase educational equipment. 

The 2003 Fire & Life Safety Bowl is presented by the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other sponsors. Special guests include Sir Purr, Homer, Chubby, Smokey the Bear, Wendt the Arson Dog, Snoopy (CMPD's helicopter unit), Safe Kids Coalition, and the Charlotte Fire Department's Smokehouse.  The goal is to teach children about fire and life safety hoping they will share their knowledge with their friends, family and community and help make Mecklenburg County a safer place.

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