TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Seven-year-old Allison Mackenzie Gray of
Hawkesbury 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.
It was very early in the morning of May 6, 2007 when Allison awoke to
find herself surrounded by heavy smoke. There was a smoke alarm on the main
floor of the single family home, however, it had not activated. Allison
quickly woke up her grandfather.
Initially it was difficult for them to find a doorknob. When they did
exit the house safely, Allison's grandfather was able to grab a wireless
telephone on the way out. Once outside, he tried to call 9-1-1, but the
telephone did not work. Allison stayed calm and told her grandfather that they
had to walk to the main road and stop someone for help. As it was the middle
of the night, there were no cars. Then, Allison told her grandfather they
should cross the road and call for help from their neighbour's house.
Allison's fire safety knowledge is credited to information she received
at St. Jude Catholic Elementary School.
"Allison was able to stay calm and remember fire safety lessons she had
learned in school to get out of the burning house safely," said Fire Marshal
Pat Burke. "She demonstrated great composure and decision-making skills.
Thanks to her actions, Allison and her grandfather are alive today."
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