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June 8, 2007
Toronto Fire Services hosts Community Safety Week
  
“Safety in Motion” is the theme for Toronto Fire Services upcoming Community Safety Week. As a multi-risk agency, Toronto Fire Services staff will be focusing on safety on wheels (skateboards, in-line skates, bikes, heelies and scooters) to promote preventable injury awareness for children and adults. Community Safety Week events will run from Saturday, June 9 to Saturday, June 16 at various locations around Toronto.

Community Safety Week kicks-off at the Argos game

Toronto Fire Services is launching Community Safety Week at the Toronto Argos Game at the Rogers Centre on Saturday, June 9. Come on down for pre-game activities beginning at 12:30 p.m. which include safety displays, a frontline truck display, an auto extrication demonstration, and an opportunity to meet with Sparky, the Toronto Fire Services’ mascot. The Argos’ game starts at 2 p.m. with Firefighter Damien Walsh singing O Canada, and Deputy Fire Chief Frank Lamie and Division Chief Mike Gerrard assisting with the opening kick-off.

Bike, board & skate safety at Centennial Park

The community is invited to attend a bike, board and skate safety check at Centennial Park on June 12, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Centennial Park is located just west of the Etobicoke Olympium on Rathburn Rd. at the corner of Elmcrest Rd. A Toronto Fire Services pumper truck will be located in the north side of the parking lot, where bike checks will take place. Staff will hand out free water and energy bars.

Seniors safety display/bike, board and skate safety check at Budapest/Sunnyside Park

On June 13, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Toronto Fire Services staff will be hosting a Senior’s Safety Display at Toronto Union Station. Later that afternoon, staff will be hosting a second bike, board, and blade safety check from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Budapest Park, east of Sunnyside Park on Lake Shore Blvd. W., near Parkside Dr.

Bike, board and skate safety check at Woodbine Beach Park

A third bike, board and skate safety check will be hosted on June 14, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Woodbine Beach Park, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. E. (parking lot, east of the Boardwalk Café). Staff will be on hand to conduct safety checks, and hand out free water and energy bars.

Car seat safety clinics

Residents are invited to join staff from Toronto Fire Services, the Toronto Police Service, and the Ministry of Transportation at two free car seat clinics. The first will be held on Friday, June 15, at the Radisson Admiral Hotel, 249 Queens Quay W. at the foot of Bathurst St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The second clinic takes place on Saturday, June 16 at the Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition to car seat installations staff will host a barbecue, and children’s Risk Watch safety activities.

Throughout the week’s events, Toronto Fire Services’ staff are promoting the Risk Watch safety motto of “Look First, Think Twice, Choose Smart” in an effort to help reduce preventable injuries for both adults and children. Risk Watch is a comprehensive curriculum that teaches children how to prevent injuries and protect their personal safety and targets the eight core areas that children are at most risk from.

Toronto Fire Services has partnered with the Toronto District School Board to teach Risk Watch in Toronto schools.

For more information visit http://www.riskwatch.org and http://www.toronto.ca/fire/riskwatch/index.htm

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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