TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Hamilton/Halton Gatekeepers Program will
receive a Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety
Council at a ceremony on June 19, 2014 in Toronto. The annual Fire
Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire protection
and prevention in Ontario.
The Hamilton/Halton Gatekeepers Program provides intervention and
support to seniors living in situations where hoarding is involved. The
program is offered through the Catholic Family Services of Hamilton and
is funded by the Region of Halton. It is accessible to everyone
regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation or age.
The program works in partnership with the fire departments of Halton
Region, including Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.
Hoarding is of particular concern to fire services as it can present an
extreme risk to occupants, neighbours and firefighters. Clients of the
Gatekeepers Program are assisted in accessing support services to help
them reduce clutter, to remove items that are close to ignition sources
and to clear materials blocking exits. The goal is to help the client
achieve a safe and healthy environment that will enhance their quality
"Through their work to prevent fires in situations where hoarding is
involved, Hamilton/Halton Gatekeepers is the only organization in the
region that delivers this essential service," said Ted Wieclawek,
Chair, Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "I hope the success
of the program will encourage other areas in Ontario to adopt a similar
The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully acknowledges
the support of its sponsors in this event: TD Bank Group, Toronto Blue
Jays, Union Gas Limited/ A Spectra Energy Company, Technical Standards
& Safety Authority - TSSA, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Proctor &
Gamble Inc., Electrical Safety Authority, CSA Group, The Co-operators
Group, Kidde Canada Inc., Roxul Inc. and The Home Depot.
SOURCE: Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, (416) 325-3138 firstname.lastname@example.org