TORONTO, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Queen's University Department of Residence
Life 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.
For several years, Queen's University experienced numerous malicious
false alarms in its student residences. Each year, Kingston Fire &
Rescue responded to between 30 and 50 malicious alarms, at significant
cost to taxpayers.
In 2011, Kingston Fire & Rescue approached Queen's University Department
of Residence Life, the body responsible for ensuring residences
function safely and efficiently. They discussed the cost impacts of
the malicious alarms and as a result, a multi-pronged initiative was
launched to address the issue. Residence Life implemented changes to
residence policy to reflect the serious nature of tampering with fire
detection equipment, increased security in residences and launched a
comprehensive educational program, including posters, newspaper
articles and a video, which is mandatory viewing for all first year
Kingston Fire & Rescue also provided fire safety training to residence
staff and public education materials to specifically address the issue
of malicious alarms, in addition to issuing notices of violation and
laying charges against students for tampering with smoke alarms.
"In the year following the launch of this program, the fire department
responded to just two malicious alarm calls in Queen's University
residences," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair, Fire
Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "This tremendous success is due
to the very effective partnership between Kingston Fire & Rescue and
Queen's University Department of Residence Life."
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