The Wilton Fire Department congratulated the local winners of this year’s Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest during an awards ceremony at Cider Mill School on Jan. 18.

The theme of the poster contest was Fire Prevention — Everyone/Everyday.

Michelle Yabalkarov and Saanvi Kakarlapudi placed first in the fourth and fifth grades, respectively. Runners up were Polina Popova for the fourth grade and Lucy Filip for the fifth.

Fire Marshal Rocco Grosso presented award certificates to the winners. Wilton Firefighters Local 2233 President David Chaloux presented Visa gift cards — $100 to the first-place winners and $50 to the runners up.

The contest’s purpose is to promote awareness among children and adults of fire prevention responsibilities. Last year, approximately 30,000 entries were submitted throughout the state. The annual statewide competition for fourth and fifth graders began Oct. 1, and is run by elementary school teachers in cooperation with the contest sponsors, the Connecticut Fire Marshals’ Association, the office of the state fire marshal, Connecticut Fire Chiefs’ Association, State Board of Education and the Connecticut FAIR Plan (representing the insurance industry).

The first-place posters on the local level will be submitted to the countywide competition, the winners of which are considered for first place in the state.