Beavercrest Community Elementary School to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - The staff and students of Beavercrest Community
Elementary School will receive a Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's
Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on June 3, 2009 in Toronto. The
annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire
protection and prevention in Ontario.
    Due to changes in staffing in the last couple of years, there has been a
significant increase in the level of interest, involvement and support of
Markdale Area Fire Department's fire safety programs within Beavercrest
Community Elementary School.
    With staff support, the fire department has been able to work with the
school to facilitate a bus patrol clinic which provides live fire extinguisher
training to all of the bus patrols in the program, a fire safety poster
contest for Grade 5 students and more frequent visits to the developmental
learning class to accommodate the special needs of these students. A greater
emphasis has also been placed on involving the children in Fire Prevention
Week activities such as distributing flyers to students to invite them to the
fire department's Open House during the week and working with teachers of
every grade to provide 30 minutes of class time for fire prevention talks. The
most recent public education initiative sees the fire department working with
Grade 8 students to develop fire safety videos that are geared to teenagers
and can be viewed on popular social media websites.
    "The partnership with Beavercrest Community Elementary School is enabling
Markdale Area Fire Department to reach more families in the community," said
Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "This partnership is also influencing positive
change by getting children involved in fire safety from an early age; a safer
community is being created."
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 20 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci and
Fire Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the
Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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