Owen Sound area child to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - Twelve-year-old Ryan Ferris of Dundalk 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 the middle of the night on October 12, 2006 when Ryan awoke to a
loud noise. He entered the living room to investigate and saw a wall of orange
flames through the patio doors. The barbeque had exploded! He ran to his
father's bedroom to wake him up and tell him about the fire. As Ryan ran
through the kitchen, he grabbed a fire extinguisher while his father tried to
telephone for help. Just as he realized the telephone was not working, the
patio doors exploded. Understanding the situation was growing worse by the
minute, Ryan was able to lead his family out of their home to safety and
telephone the Dundalk Fire Department from a neighbour's home.
    "Ryan was able to take control of the situation using information he
learned from school fire drills and Fire Prevention Week activities," said
Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "Although the family's home was a complete loss, Ryan
was able to prevent an even greater tragedy from occurring. Ryan's action
helped to ensure every family member was able to escape the home safely."
    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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