Niagara Falls Review to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - The Niagara Falls Review will receive a Fire
Safety Partner 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.
    The Niagara Falls Review is the main newspaper for the City of Niagara
Falls. The newspaper has consistently assigned reports to attend provincial
offences court in Niagara Falls to report on individuals and corporations that
have been charged by the Niagara Falls Fire Service for failing to meet their
obligations under the Ontario Fire Code.
    The Niagara Falls Fire Service has adopted a "zero tolerance" approach to
enforcing Fire Code requirements and will ticket and charge owners and
landlords who do not comply. The coverage provided by the Niagara Falls Review
has been instrumental in educating the public about their responsibilities in
keeping everyone safe from fire.
    With the increasingly difficult problem of marihuana grow operations and
clandestine drug labs in the Niagara region, the Niagara Falls Review has
played a key role in informing the public about the dangers of these
operations and the risks they pose to the community.
    "The partnership between the Niagara Falls Review and the local fire
department has resulted in valuable opportunities to get the message out about
fire safety and prevention," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke. "The Niagara
Falls Review clearly understands the importance of Fire Code compliance to
public 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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