London teacher to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Carolin Dimitroff of Dorchester 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.
    Carolin has been an advocate of Risk Watch, an injury prevention program
for children, since it was first implemented in London in 1999. Carolin uses
the program in her own classroom and also serves as the London and Middlesex
Teacher Trainer, providing training to over 7000 teachers in the Thames Valley
District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.
    Carolin was one of the key partners in facilitating a partnership between
London Tim Hortons stores and Risk Watch. This partnership resulted in the
donation of Risk Watch resources for 88 schools.
    In 2004, Carolin approached the London Fire Department with an idea to
promote Risk Watch during Fire Prevention Week. Carolin and the fire
department contacted their local television station and requested a time slot
on the morning show to have Carolin's grade 2 students attend and act out a
play they had learned during their Risk Watch Fire and Burn Prevention lesson.
    Carolin has been instrumental in developing resources for the London Fire
Department to use in delivering consistent fire safety messages. On her own
time, Carolin has created resources to help other teachers deliver Risk Watch
effectively in their classrooms.
    "The impact of Carolin's lessons can be felt through the many students
who are now aware of fire and life safety," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke.
"Thanks to Carolin's leadership, children in the London area have learned to
make wiser choices about their own safety."
    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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