29th Annual Fire Safety Contest to be Held During Fire Prevention Week

CPCU/Council Rock Fire Safety Contest during National Fire Prevention Week Announced

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society (CPCU) will be conducting its 29th annual “Fire Safety in the Home” contest in the elementary schools of the Council Rock School District during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 - 13.

The contest has been held each year in conjunction with the School District, and students are asked to write an essay or do a creative work or poster on Fire Safety during National Fire Prevention Week. The panel of judges will be comprised of School Board Director Bernadette Heenan, former Northampton Supervisor Pete Palestina, CPCU, representing the CPCU Society’s Philadelphia Chapter and Northampton Township Fire Marshal Frank Fenton.

The contest was first introduced by the CPCU’s in 1984 through the efforts of Mr. Palestina, who was readily involved with public safety issues in the community while a Township Supervisor. 

“We hope that the children remember what they research and write about so that their family and the entire community benefits from a fire safety aspect” said Mr. Palestina. 

“Too often we read about the loss of lives and property from a fire and if we can save but one life, it makes programs such as this contest well worth the effort.” 

The contest is open to all Council Rock elementary school students, grades 1 through 6. 

There will be three levels of competition:  first and second graders, third and fourth graders, and fifth and sixth graders. 

First place finishers in each level of competition will receive $100 cash, movie passes and a plaque.  Second, third and fourth place finishers will receive $50 cash, movie passes and a plaque. 

In addition, citations will be presented from the Pennsylvania Senate by Senators Tommy Tomlinson and Charles McIlhinney, from the House by Representatives Scott Petri and Steve Santarsiero and from the U.S. Congress by Michael Fitzpatrick.

The awards are expected to be presented Nov. 15 at the Council Rock School Board meeting and on Dec. 12 at the Northampton Township Board of Supervisors meeting. Council Rock’s municipalities are Newtown Borough and the Townships of Northampton, Newtown, Wrightstown and Upper Makefield.


The Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society is a community of credentialed property and casualty insurance professionals who promote excellence through ethical behavior and continuing education.

The Society's more than 22,000 members hold the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, which requires passing rigorous undergraduate- and graduate-level examinations, meeting experience requirements, and agreeing to be bound by a strict code of professional ethics.

Founded in 1944, the CPCU Society's mission statement says:

“The CPCU Society (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) is dedicated to meeting the career development needs of a diverse membership of professionals who have earned or aspired to earn the CPCU designation, their employers and other industry stakeholders so that they may serve others in a competent and ethical manner.”

 More information about the CPCU Society is available at www.cpcusociety.org.

The Philadelphia Chapter encompasses Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and southern New Jersey.  The Society has more than 150 Chapters around the world.  For more information about the Society or this contest contact: Peter F. Palestina, CPCU at 215-322-1153 home or 267-981-4725 cell.  You may also wish to take the opportunity to visit our website at http://philadelphia.cpcusociety.org.

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