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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 April 9 2015 for their creative YouTube™ videos as part of the 7th annual statewide YouTube Burn Awareness Video Contest. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan was joined by contest co-sponsors Ron Meehan from the Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association (aka The FAIR Plan) 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.

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 MaSafe and the Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association
Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association (aka The FAIR Plan) 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 seventh year of the contest and 38 teams from nine high schools in Agawam, Ayer-Shirley, Bedford, Mashpee, Sharon, Spencer, Westford, Worcester, and Williamstown. While all of the videos were creative and interesting, the first place winning team was from Mashpee High School for their dramatic video Make a Plan; the second place winners were from Sharon High School for their video Silent Film; and the third place winners were from Nashoba Valley Regional High School for their video Fire Fairy. The Department of Fire Services will post the winning videos on its YouTube ™  channel at www.youtube.com/DFSOSFM.

Honorable Mentions

 Three teams from Ayer-Shirley Regional High School, Mt. Greylock High School and Sharon 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 Barry Ouellette, of Ouellette Productions of Framingham; April Briggs of the National Fire Protection Association; Ron Meehan, representing the Mass. Property Insurance Underwriting Association; Worcester Fire Insp. Jeff Spring, the 2014 Fire and Life Educator of the Year; Belmont Fire Capt. John Pizzi, president of the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts; Peabody Fire Inspector Christopher Dowling, of the Fire Prevention Association of MA; Capt. Rick Tustin, president of MaSAFE; Christine Farrell-O’Reilly of the MA Department of Public Health; 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, and Jennifer Mieth, Department of Fire Services Public Information Officer.