Owners/Operators of McDonald's Sarnia to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Colleen and Peter Buckley, owners and operators
of McDonald's Sarnia, will receive a Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal's
Public Fire Safety Council at a ceremony on June 3, 2009 in Toronto. The
annual Fire Safety Awards recognize outstanding contributions to fire
protection and prevention in Ontario.
    In the last six years, the Buckleys have generously supported a number of
Sarnia Fire Rescue Services programs. Their initial involvement began with the
Chief for a Day initiative. After participating in fire drills and a fire
safety poster contest, the initiative sees one Grade 4 student selected to
spend the day at the fire department and have a free lunch at McDonald's. The
student is selected from 27 elementary schools in the city. Just this year,
McDonald's Sarnia agreed to supply food vouchers for the class of the winning
    In addition to their support of the Chief for a Day initiative,
McDonald's Sarnia provides food and drink vouchers for the fire department's
Open House during Fire Prevention Week in October, provides space in their
parking lot for fire truck tours and educational activities during Fire
Prevention Week, and rents a sign placed under the golden arches to promote
fire safety messages such as 'Test Your Smoke Alarms,' 'Use Candles with Care'
and 'Watch What You Heat.'
    "The Buckleys have demonstrated a strong commitment to fire safety
through their support of the Chief for a Day initiative and Fire Prevention
Week activities," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "As a result the
community is being educated about the importance of fire safety."
    Fire departments throughout the province nominated individuals and
organizations for this year's awards; 20 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: Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal,
(416) 325-3138; Janice Johnstone, Office of the Fire Marshal, (416) 325-3151

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