To help prevent fire related deaths and injuries from happening in San Diego County, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation sponsored a contest to encourage residents to develop and practice their own home fire escape plan.
One of the two contest winners was Escondido resident, Tanya Barrera. Tanya, a senior at Escondido High School, said “Before doing this contest, I had not ever thought about planning how to escape from my apartment. Once I sketched out my escape plan, my parents were really interested and thought it was a good idea since it can happen to anyone. We all talked about it and practiced it. Thanks to the Fire Foundation for sponsoring this contest!”
On October 9, Tanya received an award check from the foundation for $500 at Fire Station #1. Later that night Tanya received a Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor during the City’s proclamation of October 6-12, 2019 as Fire Prevention Week. Tanya said that she entered the contest in hopes of raising funds for her Future Farmers of America animal project because she wants to become a veterinarian. However, this experience may have sparked an interest in becoming a firefighter!