16 Awards Handed Out at 20th Annual Fire Safety Awards

ETOBICOKE, ON, June 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Fire Marshal Ross Nichols celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Fire Safety Awards today by handing out awards to 16 brave and deserving recipients at a luncheon held today at the Famous People's Players Theatre.

Mr. Nichols, chair of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council, handed out 15 Fire Safety Awards and one Award for Excellence in Fire Safety.

The awards honour Ontario individuals and organizations which have made outstanding contributions toward fire safety, prevention and carbon monoxide awareness in the province. There are two award categories: Fire Safety Awards and Fire Safety Action Awards for children age 16 or under, who took appropriate action to prevent or minimize injury or damage caused by a fire.

Nominations for the awards are received from Ontario fire departments and reviewed by an awards selection committee.

"These individuals and organizations have earned our gratitude and praise" said Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management for the province.  "Whether we are talking about the fast thinking and brave life-saving actions of an individual during a fire, or the diligent promotion of life and fire safety messaging by an organization, we all benefit."

Award recipients include:


Jamie Arthur – Toronto

Dino Biasucci – Sault Ste. Marie

Nigel Hocking – London

Lainy Hodgins – McDonalds Corners

Ian Sim – Oakville

Rabbi Noah Sonenberg & Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner – Toronto

Phil Talledes – Stouffville


Bolton Braves Baseball Association – Bolton

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles / Unifor Local 444 – Windsor

Georgian College – Barrie

Insurance Bureau of Canada – Toronto

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre – London

St. Catharines Transit Commission – St. Catharines

Wilfrid Laurier University: Safety, Health & Risk Management – Waterloo

Lakeshore Catholic High School – Port Colborne

Anne Miller - Fire Marshal's Award for Excellence in Fire Safety


The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors in this event: Insurance Bureau of Canada, Technical Standards & Safety Authority, CSA Group, Roxul Inc., Kidde Canada Inc., Electrical Safety Authority and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

SOURCE Office of the Fire Marshal - Media Relations

For further information: For more information or to obtain photographs: Jude Kelly, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, (647) 329-1064, jude.kelly@ontario.ca


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