ORILLIA, ON, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario AMBER Alert program is
pleased to announce their new partnership with Ottawa Fire Services
(OFS). The arrangement between the Ottawa Fire Services and police will
assist the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and other partners to
quickly locate children who are missing or who may have been abducted.
Now, the Ottawa Fire Services Communication Centre will alert
firefighters and other OFS personnel that an AMBER Alert is in
progress. The Ottawa Fire Services has more than 1500 personnel who
will now receive AMBER Alert notifications, which can only increase the
likelihood of locating missing or abducted children.
"Ottawa Fire Services is proud to partner with the Ontario AMBER Alert
Program. Through our network of 45 fire stations spread over an area
of over 2758 square kilometers, we are pleased to become part of
the team that will work toward locating abducted children and make our
communities safer," Ottawa Fire Services Fire Chief John deHooge.
Saturday May 25, 2013 is National Missing Children's Day, when people
around the world commemorate the missing children who have found their
way home, remember those missing children who have been victims of
crime, and support continued efforts to find those who are still
"This is a very important day for police, first responders and families
of children who are missing or that have been reunited with their loved
ones. National Missing Children's Day will remind us all to keep those
who are still missing in our hearts, and serve to remind us that it
takes the diligence of everyone working together, to keep our children
safe," OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.
The OPP facilitates the Ontario AMBER Alert program under the direction
of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and
collaborates with its many partners throughout the province to locate
children who are abducted in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contact: Marc Messier, Ottawa Fire Services
Phone: (613) 580-2424 Ext. 29146
Contact: OPP Sgt. Steve Montpetit
Phone: (705) 329-7679