TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Eleven-year-old Rebecca McCaig-Morin of Wawa
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.
It was the middle of the night on December 18, 2006, when Rebecca awoke
to the sound of smoke alarms and the smell of smoke in her house. Getting out
of bed, she felt her bedroom doorknob with her hand to see if it was hot. She
was able to the open the door and see smoke clouding the ceiling. Immediately,
she ran to warn her mother, who awakened the rest of the family. On further
investigation, Rebecca's sister found a pan of grease burning on the stove.
The fire was extinguished shortly after.
As a student who attends St. Joseph School, Rebecca has received a number
of fire safety lessons from Hawk Junction Fire Chief/Special Needs Educational
Assistant Laura Lee. This class also receives lessons from Risk Watch, an
injury prevention program in Canada.
"Rebecca did everything right," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "Based on
the fire safety messages she learned in school, Rebecca was able to warn her
family about the fire. This story has a happy ending because of the Rebecca's
quick and clear thinking."
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