Keswick woman to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Kathy Foch of Keswick will receive a Fire Safety
Advocate Award from the Fire Marshal of Ontario at a ceremony on June 25, 2008
in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions
to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    Kathy has supported the Georgina Fire Department's fire prevention and
public education efforts for the past three years. Each year during Fire
Prevention Week, Kathy donated money to help the fire department place public
service announcements in local print media.
    At the Georgina Fire Department Annual Open House, Kathy holds a child
identification and fingerprinting program at each of the three fire stations
in the community. This popular program attracts many visitors to the fire
halls, where they participate in fire safety education activities and learn
about a number of fire prevention topics.
    Kathy has also donated funds to the York Region Community Safety Village,
which provides fire and life safety education to schools and families in the
Town of Georgina and surrounding areas.
    "Kathy's contribution to fire safety in her community goes far beyond
financial support," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke. "Her participation at
fire department events increases community attendance and interest, which
provides an opportunity for the fire services to share vital fire safety
information with the public."
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 17 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: Gina Pontikas, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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