TORONTO, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Corrie Rice, Ashleigh Lathem and Lyle
Hosein will receive Fire Safety Action Awards on June 26 in Toronto.
The annual Fire Safety Awards ceremony, hosted by the Fire Marshal's
Public Fire Safety Council, recognizes outstanding contributions to
fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
Last October, teenagers Rice, Lathem and Hosein were walking down a
street in Barrie in the early evening, when they saw flames shooting
from the garage and roof area of a nearby home. The teenagers sprang
into action to get help and save the occupants of the home. Rice used
her cell phone to call 9-1-1 to report the fire, while Lathem and
Hosein ran to the house to notify the residents and knocked on
neighbours' doors to alert them to the fire. The family inside the
burning home - a mother, grandmother and three young children - were
completely unaware of the fire. The family had recently removed their
smoke alarms to paint and had not replaced them.
All three teenagers responded quickly and appropriately to this
life-threatening situation. By dividing the tasks amongst themselves
they ensured that everyone got out of the home safely and the fire
department was notified. Although the damage to the home was extensive,
everyone survived to tell about it, thanks to the efforts of the three
"The teens were taught fire safety education in their elementary
school," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal. "In addition,
Ashleigh's father was a volunteer firefighter prior to moving to
Barrie, so the family was well-versed in fire safe behaviour."
Fire Safety Action Awards are awarded to young children and teenagers
who have actively demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have
learned. The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully
acknowledges the support of its sponsors in this event: Technical
Standards and Safety Authority, The Co-operators Group, Kidde Canada
Inc., Home Depot of Canada Inc., Proctor & Gamble Inc., Domino's Pizza
of Canada, Electrical Safety Authority, Canadian Standards Association
Group and Enbridge Gas Distribution.
SOURCE Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138