Awards Highlight Unique Contributions to Fire Safety

TORONTO, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Eighteen Fire Safety Awards were handed out to recipients today by the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council.  It was part of an annual awards ceremony to recognize people and organizations in Ontario communities who have helped combat needless fires, injuries and deaths.

"Everyone can make a contribution to fire safety. The Fire Safety Awards highlight and showcase these unique contributions, particularly those that have prevented tragic fires, injuries and deaths," said Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair, Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council. "Ontario is a much safer place to live, thanks to the efforts of the Fire Safety Award recipients."

The diverse group of award winners included students, educators, businesses, service clubs and media outlets that made significant contributions to fire safety and injury prevention in their communities. Among the award recipients were five young people whose quick actions helped to avert potentially life-threatening situations. The names of the recipients are:

Chantal Davison, age 13, London
Lyle Hosein, age 18, Barrie
Ashleigh Lathem, age 17, Barrie
Brody Macumber, age 7, Red Lake
Corrie Rice, age 18, Barrie
Al Wray, Coordinator, Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, Kenora
Brenda Folz, Marketing Director, New Sudbury Centre, Sudbury
CITY TV CityNews at 6, Toronto
Foley Restoration Disaster Kleenup, Schomberg
FM 98.5 CKWR, Community Access and KW Magazine, Waterloo
Michelle and Ken Fields, Tecumseh
Mike Pattison, Vice Principal at Tosorontio Public School, Simcoe County
Mount Forest Kin Club
Optimist Club Twin Cities, Waterloo Region
Rogers TV Barrie
Rogers TV Grey County, Owen Sound
The Ontario Early Years, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Markdale Site

The Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire safety in Ontario by individuals and organizations throughout the province. 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

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For further information or to obtain photos of the recipients, contact:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138

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