Fire safety awareness

LaFayette Fire Services wants to bring fire safety awareness in time for Christmas with student "Santa's ire Safety List" coloring contest. (Contributed photo)

LaFayette Fire Services wants to bring fire safety awareness in time for Christmas as well as provide a memorable moment for area children.

According to Fire Chief Stacey Meeks, students from Gilbert, Naomi and North LaFayette elementary schools received a coloring project with Christmas-oriented fire safety tips on Nov. 13.

Children ranging from pre-K to fifth grade have until Nov. 27 to submit their coloring project contest, which will be collected by LaFayette Fire Services.

City employees will act as judges and determine the best coloring from each grade level as the three schools compete to ride inside the fire engine with Santa Claus during the Dec. 1 Christmas parade.

The ladder truck can accommodate about 10 people and the children selected will have a firefighter as chaperon.

The fire safety tips drawing depicts Santa Claus with a firefighters and is titled "Santa's Fire Safety List."

The artwork was submitted free of charge to the city by local artist Amy Thompson.

Meeks said this is a means to bring fire safety awareness to area children as well as build relations between local firefighters and area kids.

Meeks said he got the idea from when he was young and would submit to WQCH's "Letters To Santa" where children's letters were read on air.

Meeks said he plans to make this community service project an annual event.

"We are always looking for innovative ways to build relations between fire services and area children," Meeks said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at