By Devin Corbitt
The Belton Journal
Kendall Mraz proudly represented the Belton Fire Department in last night’s county Miss Flame competition. Mraz, a junior at Belton High School, was selected as the 2014 Belton Miss Flame last week.
“It’s going to be fun,” Mraz said. “My best friend Skylar was (Miss Flame) last year, and she told me about it. She would always tell me she was going to the events, and it always seemed like fun. I love kids, and I hope to spread fire safety.”
Mraz is also a member of the BHS softball team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“I love everything outdoors: softball (all sports), fishing, hiking and going to the lake,” she said in her Miss Flame application.
As Miss Flame, Mraz will participate in a multitude of events over the next year, including being present at the Belton Fire Station No. 2’s open house on Oct. 11.
“Her first duty will be to come participate in our Fire Prevention Open House and help pass out fire prevention supplies to the kids,” Administrative Assistant Sara Trevino said. “We have the Christmas Parade, then after the Christmas Parade, we do the Santa Pals program every year, and Miss Flame usually comes and helps us pass out the gifts to the families.”
Mraz will also participate in many of the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Month activities over the course of the month. Events include National Night Out next Tuesday and station tours throughout the month.
“Any of the daycares can come by and do the station tours, the elementary schools that are close can walk over,” Bruce Pritchard, Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal, said. “We go to every elementary school and the guys will give safety tips. Normally we’ll pick something for that month and share it with them (the students), like smoke detectors or family meeting place. We also do a fire prevention poster contest.”
For more information on Miss Flame or Fire Prevention Month activities, contact the Belton Fire Department at (254) 933-5881.