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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, July 8, 2011

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State Fire Marshal Division to Hold "Stop, Drop, & Roll" World Record Breaking Event at Iowa State Fair

Des Moines, IOWA --- The State Fire Marshal Division announces a world record-breaking event will be held at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.  Iowa fair-goers will be asked to help break the current world record for the most people simultaneously participating in the fire safety drill “Stop, Drop, & Roll”.  The attempt to break the record will occur on Sunday, August 21, at 2:00 PM on the Iowa State Fair Grand Concourse. This event is already being billed as one of the top 11 thing to do at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. 

The standing world record for the number of stops, drops, and rolls is currently held by the Bedford, Indiana Fire Department. The Department officially recorded 602 participants in its 2003 safety drill. With the average daily attendance at the state fair estimated at 70,000, State Fire Marshal Inspector Daniel Wood, “sees no problem in breaking the record.” All attendees of the fair are encouraged to participate and help break the record.

The entrance fee is half-price for the Iowa State Fair’s Extreme Sunday, and early arriving participants of the event will walk away with a souvenir to show they helped in breaking the world record. 

This event will celebrate the State Fire Marshal Division’s 100th Anniversary.  “I come from a small Iowa town with a firefighter family background, so I am familiar with the importance of teaching fire safety,” says Ashley Kopischke, State Fire Marshal Division Intern.  “In the end, if this event teaches one person to react properly during a fire, our world record attempt will be worth while.”

The event is being sponsored by the State Fire Marshal Division, Casey’s General Stores, and Coca-Cola.
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