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Push the Button Competition Winner Announced!

25/05/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have announced the winner of their Push the Button photograph competition.

“The Push the Button campaign is a great idea and the song sticks in your mind which really does help you to remember to test your smoke alarms. We now test ours on a weekly basis and are teaching Athen about fire safety as well.”

The competition invited people to send interesting photographs of their smoke alarms being tested with four tickets to Alton Towers, courtesy of the Alton Towers Resort, up for grabs for the best photo.

Entries included a snake pushing the button, a young boy using a pirate sword to push the button and the winning entry a father holding his young son up to push the button.

Winner, Paula Gordejczuk from Leek submitted her entry after spotting the competition in her local newspaper.

She said: “I had heard about the fire service’s Push the Button campaign and we had watched the Push the Button video online, which my son enjoyed a lot. When I saw that there was a competition I thought it would make a nice and interesting photo for my partner Steve to hold up our son Athen so he could get involved with pushing the button.

“The photo came out really nice so I sent it in as our entry. I was really surprised to find out I’d won, Athen is really excited now as he’s never been to Alton Towers before.

“The Push the Button campaign is a great idea and the song sticks in your mind which really does help you to remember to test your smoke alarms. We now test ours on a weekly basis and are teaching Athen about fire safety as well.”

Firefighters from Leek delivered the tickets to the family home on Wardle Crescent on Saturday and showed two-year-old Athen around the fire engine. Station Manager, David Agu said: “The photo Paula submitted really captured what the Push the Button campaign is all about and is a deserving winner. Its great to see that Paula and Steve involve their son in testing their smoke alarms and we hope they have a great day out at Alton Towers.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service launched the Push the Button campaign in October 2010. The Sugababes ‘Push the Button’ song was re-written by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and a video was put together to accompany it which has to date clocked up over 26,000 hits on the Service website and YouTube. To view the video visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0qOCBNwT-A.