TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Ten-year-old Kyle D'Emanuele of Barrie will
receive a Fire Safety Action Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety
Council at a ceremony on June 28, 2007 in Toronto. Each year Fire Safety
Action Awards are awarded to young children and teenagers who have actively
demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have learned.
On January 16, 2007, Kyle had just returned home from school when he
opened the door to his house and discovered smoke. Kyle did not enter the
home. Instead, he closed the door to prevent the spread of fire. He quickly
went to a familiar neighbour's house for assistance and led the neighbour back
to the house to confirm the emergency. Neither Kyle nor the neighbour
re-entered the home. Once in a safe location away from the fire, 9-1-1 was
Fire investigators later discovered the family had left their home and
forgotten to turn off their stove. A pot had been left on a burner and as a
result, the house had filled with smoke.
"By remaining calm, cool and collected, Kyle was able to do all the right
things in this emergency situation," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "Kyle
demonstrated the teachings of Barrie Fire & Emergency Services through his
actions in knowing what do in a fire."
The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire
protection and prevention in Ontario. Fire departments throughout the province
nominated individuals and organizations for this year's awards; 21 recipients
were selected. The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Monte Kwinter and Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon
ceremony at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
For further information:
For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151