Markham child to receive Fire Safety Award



    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Nine-year-old Michael Taylor of Markham 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 teenagers who have demonstrated fire safety
knowledge by taking appropriate action to prevent or mitigate a potentially
hostile fire situation.
    Michael spotted a wicker chair on fire on the porch of a neighbour's home
and promptly informed his mother and older brother. While Michael's brother
called 9-1-1, Michael and his mother knocked on the door of the home to alert
the occupants. No one appeared to be home and Michael and his mother quickly
located a garden hose in the garage and were able to put the fire out.
    "Michael's quick thinking to have someone call the fire department helped
to prevent a potential large and devastating fire," said Fire Marshal Pat
Burke. "Thanks to the fire safety knowledge he learned in school, he knew
exactly what do."

    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

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