TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Eleven-year-old Julia Warren of Brooklin will
receive a Fire Safety Action Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a
ceremony on June 25, 2008 in Toronto. Each year Fire Safety Action Awards are
awarded to young children and teens who have demonstrated fire safety
knowledge by taking appropriate action to prevent or mitigate a potentially
hostile fire situation.
While outside playing with friends on the sidewalk, Julia noticed that a
neighbour's porch was on fire. Without hesitation she quickly ran to her home
and informed her father. Without any prompting, Julia then called 911 and
reported the fire. Julia's father hurried outside to the garage and pulled out
the garden hose. He and another neighbour were able to extinguish an ashtray,
wicker bench, table, rugs and shoes that had caught fire on the porch.
"Although Julia was anxious about the fire, she was still able to provide
the full and accurate information required by the fire department dispatcher,"
said Pat Burke, Fire Marshal of Ontario. "Julia's quick actions helped prevent
any injuries to the occupants of the home and minimize the damage to the
Julia credits her fire safety knowledge to fire safety presentations at
school and valuable information provided by her parents and an uncle who is a
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; 17 recipients
were selected. The Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick
Bartolucci and Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon
ceremony at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.
For further information:
For further information: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151