TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Low Income People Involvement (LIPI) of
Nipissing will receive a Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's
Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on June 12, 2013 in Toronto.
The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to
fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
LIPI is a community organization that provides information and support
to individuals and families in need of safe and affordable housing.
North Bay Fire & Emergency Services first approached LIPI several years
ago when they became involved with difficult hoarding situations.
Hoarding has become a serious issue in most communities and of great
concern to fire services, due to the degree of combustible materials,
questionable building integrity and lack of a safe means of escape.
With little assistance available in the community at the time, the fire
department contacted LIPI for help. With their small staff and even
smaller budget, LIPI did not hesitate to spring into action. Their
staff volunteered on weekends and evenings to assist the fire
department, which often included suiting up in protective gear and
cleaning out houses. They were extremely skilled in diffusing difficult
and stressful situations and identifying the resources needed to deal
with the incidents safely and efficiently. Subsequently LIPI became
one of the lead agencies in the creation of the Nipissing District
Hoarding Coalition and No Wrong Door Policy, which brings together
community agencies to address the needs of people living with hoarding
"LIPI staff understand the importance of fire safety. In instances where
families have experienced a house fire, LIPI has assisted the families
with resources to get back on their feet," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario
Fire Marshal and Chair, Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council.
"Their contribution to Nipissing's coordinated efforts in dealing with
difficult hoarding situations has been invaluable."
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., Electrical Safety Authority, CSA
Group, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Roxul Inc. and Underwriters'
Laboratories of Canada.
SOURCE: Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138