The staff and students at St. Joseph’s Elementary School posted impressive results to overcome strong showings from other schools to win the latest round of the Nelson Fire Rescue Services’ Fire Drill award. To win the trophy, and the $300 cash prize that accompanies it, schools were judged on their conduct while they exited their buildings. It should be noted that the alarms were activated, without warning, by Nelson firefighters, to simulate the spontaneous nature of fire alarms. The best schools not only knew to be calm and efficient while exiting, but also to ensure all windows and doors were closed behind them. Closing a door to a room helps limit smoke damage in a building and slow a fire’s growth. Nelson Fire Rescue Services thanks the Nelson Insurance Brokers Association (RHC, BCAA, Poulin’s, and KIS) for funding the cash prize and offers congratulations to the staff and students at St. Joseph’s. Anyone wishing to find out more information about exiting a building during an alarm or with other preparation-related questions are encouraged to contact the firehall at 250-352-3103 or visit nelson.ca.