Community Awareness Emergency Response to Receive Fire Safety Award

TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) 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.

CAER of Sarnia-Lambton deals with safety issues that may arise due to the many chemical, industrial, and oil refining industries in the area. Since 2006, CAER has sponsored and coordinated Emergency Preparedness Day activities in Sarnia to help raise awareness about the unique public safety challenges these industries may present.

Emergency Preparedness Day attracts up to 2,000 visitors, the majority of whom are students from across Lambton County. The children learn about the importance of emergency survival kits and how to appropriately respond to different types of emergencies. CAER coordinates and funds all of the transportation for the students.

This year's event included displays from 85 organizations, including numerous fire and police services, as well as industrial and manufacturing companies.  Celebrity chefs were in attendance to prepare fast food and serve it to participants. All proceeds were donated to the local Salvation Army.

"Thanks to CAER, Sarnia-Lambton's Emergency Preparedness Day continues to flourish and grow each year, reaching thousands of young people with essential information," said Ted Wieclawek, Chair, Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council.

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 carol.gravelle@ontario.ca

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