Sutton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - The Sutton Legion Branch 356 of the Royal
Canadian Legion 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.
    As part of their mandate to provide care and services to veterans and
their families, the Sutton Legion Branch provides funding for a variety of
programs for children in the community. Having worked in partnership with the
Georgina Fire Department for a number of years, the Sutton Legion Branch has
made generous financial contributions to allow the department to improve their
public fire safety programs. In particular, their support helped the
department to purchase a new puppet stage and puppets for their program geared
to preschool to Grade 2 students. In addition to the puppet show materials,
the Sutton Legion Branch also contributed funds to help purchase the injury
prevention program Risk Watch for all of the schools in the fire department's
area. In the past, other resources from the Sutton Legion Branch have helped
to purchase a 'Sparky' outfit, vehicle extrication and water/ice rescue
equipment for the fire department.
    "Children in the community greatly benefit from these financial
contributions," said Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "It means that they will
be taught fire safety and injury prevention from the most relevant and
reliable resources, in addition to the support from their local fire
department and teachers."

    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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