Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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Press Releases

Visualize Contest Now Open to College Students

OSFM | Oct 02, 2015

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is conducting its second annual Visualize graphic design contest to provide creative college students in Kansas the opportunity to help communicate the importance of fire safety.

The contest, Visualize Kansas Fire Safety, is open to all Kansans currently enrolled in any university, college or tech­nical school.


Entries must use data available on the 
Kansas Fire Marshal website, all of which has been collected from fire depart­ments throughout the state through the Kansas Fire Incident Reporting System (KFIRS). This data is highly useful for both public safety and the Fire Service. By allowing access to raw data, the contest participants will form their own conclusions and present that information visually in infographic format.

“The information we collect through KFIRS from fire departments across the state help us to ‘fight fire with facts,’ says Doug Jorgensen, Kansas Fire Marshal. “This contest is a great way for college students in Kansas to look at raw numbers, draw conclusions, and create a visual message that will help the citizens of our state visualize a fireproof Kansas.”

Participants will be able to find the data to use for their entries at, or they can look through the 2014 KFIRS Annual Report to get more numbers for their contest entry.

Innovative topics and conclusions are encouraged. In addition to $200, $100, and $50 for first, second, and third place respectively, winners may be featured on the OSFM website, receive a certificate, and a letter for their professional portfolio. The winning graphic will be used by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to promote the importance of fire safety.

Entries must be submitted by December 1, 2015 and winners will be announced on December 15, 2015.