The Hillsboro Fire Protection District has created a video about fire safety for a national online contest, and Fire Chief Brian Gaudet is asking people to check it out and, if so inclined, vote for it.
The winner of the contest, sponsored by the Firefighter Safety Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, will receive $25,000. A $15,000-prize will go to the second-place winner, and $10,000 to third place. In addition, five entries chosen for honorable mention will receive $5,000 each, Gaudet said.
All the videos cover the topic, “Close Before You Doze,” encouraging people to shut their bedroom doors when they go to bed. While winning money for the district would be nice, the point of the video is to spread the word about the importance of closing doors before going to sleep, Gaudet said.
“Closing your door before you go to bed has been a proven way to save lives by keeping fire from spreading into your bedroom and giving you time to escape from your bedroom window,” he said. “Even if we don’t win, this is a great public safety message.”
Gaudet said the Hillsboro Fire video was shot several weeks ago at his home. He said it features performances by him, his 5-year-old daughter, Ellie, and Hillsboro firefighter Hanna Stinson.
“Hanna Stinson plays the part of my wife because my wife (Rachel) did not want to be in it,” Gaudet said.
The video is titled “Be Like Ellie, Shut Your Door.”
“Hillsboro firefighter Stephanie Jackson came up with the concept and shot it,” Gaudet said. “She used her iPad and an app to edit it.”
According to the contest rules, up to eight finalists will advance in the contest. Final judging will be conducted by the sponsor.
The deadline to vote in the contest is 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit closeyourdoor.org/contest to view the video entries and vote.