The Age Dispatch newspaper to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Age Dispatch newspaper will receive a Fire
Safety Partner Award from the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council at a
ceremony on June 28, 2007 in Toronto. The annual Fire Safety Awards recognize
outstanding contributions to fire protection and prevention in Ontario.
    Working in partnership with the Strathroy-Caradoc Fire Department, The
Age Dispatch newspaper has demonstrated its support for fire safety
initiatives by writing a number of articles about major fires involving loss
of property that have occurred in the area. These stories explain the cause of
the fire and how residents can prevent such incidents. The newspaper has also
written and published stories and photos about events hosted by
Strathroy-Caradoc Fire Department, including the Canadian injury prevention
program Risk Watch, emergency preparedness, candle safety, Christmas fire
safety, safety for seniors and seasonal safety.
    In the past year, Strathroy-Caradoc Fire Department has observed a
reduction in overall fire calls, specifically for fire safety issues related
to the stories that have been written.
    "The newspaper has helped to facilitate the distribution of fire safety
messages to hard to reach groups in the community," said Ontario Fire Marshal
Pat Burke. "Through their work as a partner in fire safety, The Age Dispatch
is helping to reduce the community's fire loss and enhance residents'
understanding of fire safety."

    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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