TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Destiny Zahar-Bowles of Brampton 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 March 12, 2007, then four-year-old Destiny was at home when her mother
fainted. She quickly dialed 9-1-1 for assistance and stayed on the telephone
line with the operator. When emergency crews arrived, she let them into her
home to assist her mother.
This had been the second time in two weeks that Destiny had called 9-1-1.
The first time, her mother had directed her to call the emergency number
because she had collapsed but was not unconscious. As a result, Destiny knows
only to call 9-1-1 in emergency situations.
"Destiny remembered what she was told and got her mother the help she
needed," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "By trusting emergency responders and
letting them into her home, Destiny helped to revive her mother."
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