Shelby Janes named Airdrie Fire Department Junior Fire Chief

Airdrie, AB. Shelby Janes, a grade five student at Meadowbrook Middle School in Airdrie, has been named Airdrie Fire Department’s Junior Fire Chief. Janes submitted the winning essay to the annual contest that was open to all grade five students in participating schools in Airdrie.

In her essay, the Jr. Fire Chief shared some great advice on how she would keep her family fire safe and what to do in case of a house fire. “First create a fire escape plan with your family and practice it,” said Jr. Chief Janes.

“We are delighted to have Shelby join our crew,” said Fire Chief Kevin Weinberger. “She highlighted a lot of great safety tips in her essay, including the importance for families to have a home escape plan and having working extinguishers and smoke alarms on every floor. It’s important for families to practice their escape plan to ensure everyone is prepared in case of a fire.”

The annual contest is part of AFD’s Fire Week Prevention activities. Grade five students were asked to submit a 50 word essay on the topic “How can I keep my family fire safe.” Teachers selected the winning essay from their class and submitted it to the Airdrie Fire Department. AFD reviewed the finalists and then selected the winning essay.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5 – 11, 2013. For a complete list of local Fire Prevention Week events visit


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Airdrie Fire Department
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