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Rebecca Coffin named Miss Washington County Fire Prevention

March 17, 2013|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Rebecca Coffin, 16, was named Miss Washington Co. Fire Prevention and Logan Fishack, 10, was named Junior Fire Chief by the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Sunday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Most counties have a fire prevention queen who advocates fire safety and typically attends the Maryland State Firemen’s Association convention every year to compete for the state Miss Fire Prevention title.

Washington County did not have a fire prevention queen for a long time, according to Dale Fishack, a member of the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

The local association, which organizes the program, felt it was important to have an ambassador for fire safety, Fishack said.

On Sunday, the fire and rescue association held its fourth crowning of a Miss Washington County Fire Prevention.

This year’s title went to 16-year-old South Hagerstown High School student Rebecca Coffin. Rebecca, who attends Washington County Technical High School, said she wants to pursue a career as a police sketch artist.

Four other representatives of fire prevention royalty were selected Sunday at Western Enterprise Fire Co.

Ryckel Bean was selected Junior Miss Washington County Fire Prevention; Allison Thompson was selected Little Miss Washington County Fire Prevention; Logan Fishack, Fishack’s son, was crowned Junior Fire Chief; and Richard Smallwood was selected Little Fire Chief.

The five were selected based on their poise, speaking skills and knowledge of fire issues, said Gloria Schaffer, coordinator of Sunday’s event.

Rebecca and the four others will be expected to stress the importance of fire safety to young people, Fishack said. They will often go into schools to spread their message, Fishack said.

“They’re able to relate to their age groups,” Dale Fishack said.

All five youths selected Sunday will represent the county at the Maryland State Firemen’s Association convention in June in Ocean City, Md., and Rebecca will compete for Miss Maryland Fire Prevention at the convention, Fishack said.

Sunday’s event was also sponsored by the Washington County Ladies Auxiliary.

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