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To see this years’ winning videos go to the DFS YouTube™ Channel.

Press Release

Awards Presented to High School Students for YouTube ™ Burn Awareness Video Contest
Teams of high school teens and their media teachers received awards on March 20, 2014 for their creative YouTube™ videos as part of the 6th annual statewide YouTube™ Burn Awareness Video Contest. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan was joined by contest co-sponsors Michael Sakraida and Benjamin Ward from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Capt. Rick Tustin, president of the Mass. Association of Safety and Fire Educators (MaSAFE). The ceremony was held at Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. Shriners is the national sponsor of National Burn Awareness Week which was February 2-8, 2014.

This contest continues to be a great way for young people to learn about the consequences of fires and burns without getting hurt and more importantly to teach others. There are too many internet videos that don’t show the true impact of these injuries.

Information for High School Teachers
High school communications teachers should know that the contest addresses the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. Fire educators hope that students will engage in discovery learning using their own medium to understand the dangerous, life-long consequences of the misuse of fire to combat all the incorrect and incomplete information that exists on the Internet about fire and burns. Fire educators are encouraged to talk to their high schools about this contest.

Prizes by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and MaSAFE
Liberty Mutual presented the grand prize, a new digital video camera, for the winning team’s school.

MaSAFE presented gift certificates from Best Buy™ to the winning teams. The first place team shared $200 in gifts cards; the Second Place team shared $100 in gift cards, and the Third Place team shared $50 in gift cards.

Winning Videos
This is the sixth year of the contest and 40 teams from 10 high schools in Chelmsford, Everett, Dudley, Hull, Melrose, Millis, Norwood, Sharon, Winchester and Wrentham submitted entries. While all of the videos were creative and interesting, the first place winning team was from Melrose High School for their Dickens’ A Christmas Carol parody Un-Educated You; the second place winners were from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley for their video Do’s and Don’ts; and the third place winner was from Winchester High School for their video Keep Your Paws Off My Oven Mitts. The Department of Fire Services will post the winning videos on its You Tube™ channel at www.youtube.com/user/DFSOSFM.

Honorable Mentions
Three teams from Melrose High School received honorable mention for their entries.

Burn Awareness Video Contest
The contest was open to grade 9-12 students enrolled in Massachusetts’ schools and submissions had to be from school-sponsored communications courses or sponsored extra-curricular groups. Communications teachers or faculty sponsors were required to review and approve all storyboards before filming started. Videos were required to be one to three minutes long, explore burn prevention topics, be well researched, not demonstrate risky or unsafe behavior, and to be both educational and informative. This contest addresses learning standard components (Gr.9-10) SL.9-10.5, W.9-10.6, (Gr. 11-12) SL.11-12.5, and W.11-12.6 of the Massachusetts Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy. School districts offering communications classes, which include the design and creation of media productions, were encouraged to promote this contest through an independent or group assignment as part of its curriculum delivery.

Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric  pdf format of Contest Rules and Scoring Rubric

The judges included April Briggs, of the National Fire Protection Association; Michael Sakraida and Benjamin Ward from Liberty Mutual; Brockton Fire Lt. Robert Hendrigran, the 2013 Fire and Life Educator of the Year; Capt. Rick Tustin, president of MaSAFE; Christine Farrell-O’Reilly, Director, of the MA Department of Public Health’s Residential Fire Injury Prevention Program; Milton Fire Chief John Grant, representing the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts; John Sugden, Senior Director of Public Relations at Shriners Hospital for Children- Boston; David DeMarco, Assistant Coordinator of the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program, Jennifer Mieth, Department of Fire Services Public Information Officer, and Barry Ouellette, senior producer at DigiNovations, a full service video production company based in Concord (MA).