Tecumseh couple to receive Fire Safety Award

TORONTO, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Michelle and Ken Fields of Tecumseh will receive a Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on June 26, 2012 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.

The Fields are a retired couple who contribute hundreds of volunteer hours each year to the Windsor-Essex Children's Safety Village.  This inspiring couple has taken on the time-consuming job of booking all of the Safety Village classes for Windsor Fire and Rescue Services and other emergency services in the surrounding area.  This allows the public educators of these services to spend their time teaching fire safety to an even greater number of people in their communities. Working full-time from their own home during the months of May, June, September and October, they prepare letters to schools, book classes and visit schools and local school boards to promote fire and police safety.

The Fields also volunteer for many special events that are held at the Safety Village and spend two weekends during the summer months raising money for the Village by selling corn-on-the-cob.

"Michelle and Ken will not accept any remuneration for these services, which they have tirelessly performed for the past eight years," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal.  "They volunteer in the memory of their son, Brett, who was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash in 2001. Although Brett never realized his dream of working in emergency services, his parents' have selflessly taken up his cause through their devotion to helping others learn to be safe."

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

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