Canadian Auto Workers Chatham-Kent Locals to Receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers Chatham-Kent Locals
35, 127, 351, 580, 1738 and 1941 will receive a Fire Safety Partner Award from
the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on June 28, 2007
in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions
to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    Members of the CAW Locals for Chatham-Kent have spent numerous hours
organizing golf tournaments and other initiatives to help raise money to
support the Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village.
    In 2005, the CAW Locals for Chatham-Kent donated $100,000 to sponsor the
Fire and Emergency Medical Services classroom. Accompanying the classroom is
"Sparky's Apartment", an activity area where children practice looking for
hazards in the home. Children also get to experience what a smoke alarm sounds
like and learn how to safely escape in the event of a fire.
    "Children's Safety Villages are a fun opportunity for children to learn
fire safe behaviours," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "The local CAW for
Chatham-Kent has provided support to an initiative that will continue to have
a long lasting impact on fire safety for the young people in their community."
    In addition to supporting the Children's Safety Village, funds raised by
the CAW Locals Chatham-Kent have assisted in the provision of Grade One and
Grade Four Fire Safety Programs. These donations have also assisted in
securing a full-time Public Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Chatham-Kent
Fire Department who also provides instruction at the Children's Safety
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 22 recipients were selected. The
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter and Fire
Marshal Burke will present the awards at a luncheon ceremony at the Fairmont
Royal York 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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