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December 27, 2006
Toronto Police, Fire, and EMS New Year safety message
Toronto Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Toronto Police Services (TPS), Toronto Fire Services (TFS), and Toronto Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) will simulate an auto-extrication collision rescue to promote traffic and fire safety. Rescue Squad 331 will show how they extricate a car wreck and paramedics will initiate pre-hospital emergency care on a collision victim. The Toronto Police Service Traffic Services Unit will have the Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing Unit (RIDE Truck) and a roadside alcotest machine on display.

Date: Thursday, December 28
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

Alcohol consumption increases this time of year and is cited as a contributing factor in many of Toronto's fire and vehicular deaths and injuries. “During New Year’s Eve celebrations, cooking, smoking, burning candles and driving while under the influence of alcohol can be deadly,” says Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “Find out how guests will be going home, encourage the use of TTC, designated drivers and keep cash and telephone numbers of taxis on hand.”

“Drink responsibly and plan ahead to ensure you have a safe ride home,” says Toronto Police Superintendent Stephen Grant, Unit Commander of Traffic Services. “Impaired driving can be eliminated by making smart choices regarding your transportation needs.”

Toronto Emergency Medical Services Chief Bruce Farr says, “Remember to wear your seatbelts and make sure that small children are well secured in an appropriate child car seat.”

“Do NOT leave cooking or candles unattended,” says Deputy Fire Chief Frank Lamie. “Smoke outdoors and properly extinguish cigarettes in a tin can.”

Toronto Fire Services will show how quickly and efficiently a residential sprinkler controls a fire to promote the life safety importance of Bill 2 and encourages residents to contact their local Member of Provincial Parliament in support of the home fire sprinkler legislation. Bill 2 is an Act to amend the Building Code Act, 1992 regarding home fire sprinklers. The short title of the Act is the Home Fire Sprinkler Act, 2005.

For more information about residential fire sprinklers, visit

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