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August 18, 2007
Toronto Firefighters teach children to ‘plan an escape’ at CNE
Toronto Fire Services invites the public to attend the unveiling of the ‘Great Escape Display’ during Kids’ Day at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Date: Monday, August 20
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Canadian National Exhibition Grounds, Fire Station 346 on Ontario Drive

The Great Escape Display is an interactive fire safety educational tool for children, and has been donated to Toronto Fire Services by the Co-operators and Staying Alive, a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes public safety education. The display consists of a flat screened computer monitor where children can play the Great Escape Game.

Fire Chief William Stewart said, “This game helps teach children to make the right choices when escaping from a residential fire, and encourages them to design a home escape plan and to practice that plan with their families.”

Statistics show that families who have created and then practiced a home escape plan are far more effective when evacuating from a house fire.

In addition to the unveiling, well known musician and children’s entertainer Al Simmons will be performing throughout the day at: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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