Walpole Island child to receive Fire Safety Award

    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Tatiana Day of Walpole Island First Nations
Territory will receive a Fire Safety Action Award from the Fire Marshal's
Public Fire Safety Council at the Fire Safety Awards ceremony on June 3, 2009
in Toronto. The annual ceremony recognizes outstanding contributions to fire
protection and prevention in Ontario.
    In the early morning hours of January 29, nine-year-old Tatiana awoke to
the smell of smoke and observed a fire in the corner of her mattress.
Immediately, Tatiana escaped from the room and alerted the other sleeping
occupants of the home by yelling "Fire." As a result of Tatiana's quick
thinking, she and three other occupants were able to safely escape the
residence. It was later determined the fire was started by the electric
baseboard heater.
    "Tatiana was very brave to have taken control of this situation," said
Ontario Fire Marshal Pat Burke. "Her action helped to ensure everyone got out
of the home safely and prevent a tragedy from occurring."

    Each year Fire Safety Action Awards are awarded to young children and
teenagers who have actively demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have
learned. 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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