Hamilton Police Service Detective to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Detective Marco DelConte, Arson Investigator with
the Hamilton Police Service, 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.
    Working closely with Hamilton Emergency Services - Fire, DelConte
investigates suspicious fires, tracks incidents and identifies trends. In
addition to his investigative responsibilities, DelConte coordinates and
chairs regularly scheduled Arson Committee meetings. These meetings bring
together a variety of stakeholders from the community and are focused on
discussing fire-related issues in Hamilton and providing solutions to deal
with these fires.
    In addition to his involvement on this committee, DelConte has been
instrumental in assisting Hamilton Emergency Services with their juvenile fire
setter's program called HAPP-C. In particular, he has worked with Hamilton
Emergency Services - Fire to conduct 10 to 15 joint school assemblies each
year to address arson prevention and juvenile fire setting in schools where
fire-related problems have been identified. Approximately 200 to 350 students
attend each assembly. He has also provided other police officers with useful
information from the program that they can use in the course of their duties.
    "Being able to share some of the actual consequences of fire setting can
be very effective in teaching students about fire safety," said Ontario Fire
Marshal Pat Burke. "By speaking to students, often on a moment's notice,
DelConte is demonstrating his genuine concern for keeping youth safe from
    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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