TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa
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.
When the Oshawa Fire Service decided to develop a public education tool
aimed at reducing malicious fire alarms in schools, they enlisted the
assistance of their target audience - high school students themselves.
The fire department approached Maxwell Heights Secondary School with the
idea of producing a video for students educating them about the
possible outcomes and consequences of maliciously activated fire
alarms. The students were immediately receptive and enthusiastically
produced the story concept, wrote the script, shot the video and edited
the final production.
The final product, called Alarming Consequences, has been posted on Youtube, with links from the websites of the City
of Oshawa, the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers' Association
and the Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educator's Association.
"The video is an educational tool that can be used by any fire
department or school that wishes to combat malicious fire alarms," said
Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair, Fire Marshal's Public
Fire Safety Council. "So far, the video has had very positive
responses from teachers, fire prevention officers and public educators,
as well as a small target group of teens."
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