Toronto Fire Services hosts Community Safety Week



    TORONTO, June 8 /CNW/ - "Safety in Motion" is the theme for Toronto Fire
Services upcoming Community Safety Week. As a multi-risk agency, Toronto Fire
Services staff will be focusing on safety on wheels (skateboards, in-line
skates, bikes, heelies and scooters) to promote preventable injury awareness
for children and adults. Community Safety Week events will run from Saturday,
June 9 to Saturday, June 16 at various locations around Toronto.

    Community Safety Week kicks-off at the Argos game

    Toronto Fire Services is launching Community Safety Week at the Toronto
Argos Game at the Rogers Centre on Saturday, June 9. Come on down for pre-game
activities beginning at 12:30 p.m. which include safety displays, a frontline
truck display, an auto extrication demonstration, and an opportunity to meet
with Sparky, the Toronto Fire Services' mascot. The Argos' game starts at
2 p.m. with Firefighter Damien Walsh singing O Canada, and Deputy Fire Chief
Frank Lamie and Division Chief Mike Gerrard assisting with the opening
kick-off.

    Bike, board & skate safety at Centennial Park

    The community is invited to attend a bike, board and skate safety check
at Centennial Park on June 12, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Centennial Park is
located just west of the Etobicoke Olympium on Rathburn Rd. at the corner of
Elmcrest Rd. A Toronto Fire Services pumper truck will be located in the north
side of the parking lot, where bike checks will take place. Staff will hand
out free water and energy bars.

    Seniors safety display/bike, board and skate safety check at
    Budapest/Sunnyside Park

    On June 13, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Toronto Fire Services staff
will be hosting a Senior's Safety Display at Toronto Union Station. Later that
afternoon, staff will be hosting a second bike, board, and blade safety check
from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Budapest Park, east of Sunnyside Park on Lake
Shore Blvd. W., near Parkside Dr.

    Bike, board and skate safety check at Woodbine Beach Park

    A third bike, board and skate safety check will be hosted on June 14,
from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Woodbine Beach Park, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
(parking lot, east of the Boardwalk Café). Staff will be on hand to conduct
safety checks, and hand out free water and energy bars.

    Car seat safety clinics

    Residents are invited to join staff from Toronto Fire Services, the
Toronto Police Service, and the Ministry of Transportation at two free car
seat clinics. The first will be held on Friday, June 15, at the Radisson
Admiral Hotel, 249 Queens Quay W. at the foot of Bathurst St., from 6 p.m. to
9 p.m.
    The second clinic takes place on Saturday, June 16 at the Toronto Fire
and EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition
to car seat installations staff will host a barbecue, and children's Risk
Watch safety activities.

    Throughout the week's events, Toronto Fire Services' staff are promoting
the Risk Watch safety motto of "Look First, Think Twice, Choose Smart" in an
effort to help reduce preventable injuries for both adults and children. Risk
Watch is a comprehensive curriculum that teaches children how to prevent
injuries and protect their personal safety and targets the eight core areas
that children are at most risk from.
    Toronto Fire Services has partnered with the Toronto District School
Board to teach Risk Watch in Toronto schools.
    For more information visit www.riskwatch.org and
www.toronto.ca/fire/riskwatch/index.htm.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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