St. Catharines man to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Joe Adams of St. Catharines 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.
    Joe is a senior inspector with the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA). He has been instrumental in assisting the Niagara Falls Fire
Department in the closing down of marihuana grow operations in the Niagara
region. Mr. Adams has committed long hours attending Provincial Offences Court
as an expert witness in numerous trials that have been held in the City of
Niagara Falls since 2005.
    As a result of his extensive technical knowledge, Joe's testimony in
court, on at least a dozen of occasions has been used to support charges
relating to the alteration of heating and ventilation systems in the homes and
buildings where marihuana grow operations have been discovered.
    Joe has also provided his time and expertise in training the Niagara
Falls Fire Department and the Niagara Regional Police on identifying and
mitigating the shock and fire hazards commonly found inside marihuana grow
    "Joe has been a driving force behind the eradication of marihuana grow
operations in the Niagara region," said Fire Marshal Patrick Burke. "His
professional opinion and evidence offered in court has helped the Niagara
Falls fire department spend less time in long and complicated trials."
    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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