Essay Contest

The City-Wide Essay Contest, co-sponsored by Saint Joseph’s University, is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade pupils in Philadelphia’s public, private, parochial and charter schools.

Essays are required to be 250 words or less in length. They should be composed around a fire prevention theme, usually provided in the contest rules. Entries will be judged for fire safety thought and content, as well as neatness and originality.

The designated PFD Battalion Chief will form a committee of judges from their battalion and select the three best essays from all the essays collected.

Final judging will be completed by a panel of impartial judges from the fire/civilian population at Fire Headquarters.

When is the contest?

September – January

How do I enter?

Students ail be provided an opportunity to enter via their school teachers

What is the Prize?

FIRST PLACE: The first place winner will receive a trophy, Certificate of Merit and $200.00 cash.

The winning school will hold the perpetual trophy for one year, with the winner’s name engraved.

SECOND PLACE: The second place winner will receive $150.00, a trophy and Certificate of Merit.

THIRD PLACE: Third place is $100.00, a trophy and Certificate of Merit

ENTRANTS: Each of the thirty semi-finalists will receive a small gift and a Certificate of Merit, to be delivered by the local company to their respective schools

Who Can I Contact for Further Information?

Inquiries may be made to