Kitchener area child to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Michael Gulutzen of Huron East will receive a
Fire Safety Action Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at
a ceremony on June 28, 2007 in Toronto. Each year Fire Safety Action Awards
are awarded to young children and teenagers who have actively demonstrated
fire safety behaviours they have learned.
    On February 9, 2007, then eight-year-old Michael and his three-year-old
brother Ryan were at home in their family's living room when Michael saw smoke
coming from the kitchen. He yelled to his father, who was just outside
repairing a vehicle. When his father came to the kitchen doorway, flames were
licking the ceiling. Michael quickly went back into the living room and
awakened Ryan, who was sleeping at the time. The boys got low and crawled
under the smoke to the doorway where their father was waiting.
    The Huron East Fire Department - Grey Township Station annually visits
the local public school to teach students about fire safety in their
classrooms. Recently, the Huron County fire departments purchased a fire
safety trailer and have used it on their visits to local schools and in
community events. Huron East Fire Department also hands out fire safety
materials to residents at their local community breakfast every June.
    "A fire can start when you least expect it," said Fire Marshal Pat Burke.
"Michael was able to realize his sleeping brother would need assistance to get
out of the home. He knew what needed to be done, he did it and as a result,
helped his family avert a tragedy."
    The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire
protection and prevention in Ontario. Fire departments throughout the province
nominated individuals and organizations for this year's awards; 21 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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