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Update: Stop, Drop, Roll....and set a record

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Iowans set a new record at the Iowa State Fair. 1,519 participants successfully broke the world record for the most people simultaneously participating in the fire safety drill "Stop, Drop, & Roll."

The previous record was held by the Bedford, Indiana Fire Department. In 2003, 602 people performed the stop, drop, and roll procedure at a safety drill.

The record attempt was billed as one of the top 11 things to do at the fair. It celebrated the State Fire Marshal Division's 100th Anniversary. Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds says it was an important safety reminder for people of all ages.

"Its an important thing and I see kids do it all the time and the parents are like go ahead go do it," said Reynolds. "And the thing is we've actually had four people adults die from leaf burning fires in the last two years because they didn't Stop, Drop, and Roll. So you're never to old to Stop, Drop, and Roll."

"It was incredible to witness so many people all focused on practicing fire safety at the same time," said Fire Inspector Dan Wood helped coordinate the event. "I hope the Iowans who participated enjoyed the event as much as we were honored to put it on."

Documentation of the record attempt is being sent to Guinness World Records. It will take several weeks before the new record is approved and certified by the global organization.

 

 

 

 

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