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October 7, 2003
Fire Safety Evening at Mel Lastman Square
Date: Wednesday, October 8
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.

Toronto Fire Services invites you to an exciting evening of entertainment, fun
and food. Visitors can learn about this year's Fire Prevention Week theme,
"When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!"

"Our open house is suitable for singles, families and people of all ages," says
Fire Chief Bill Stewart. "Our primary job is to reach out to the public with
information they can use to stay safe from fire, but we want them to have fun

This exciting night features fire ground activities including an automobile
extrication. Interactive activities are planned, along with music and a
barbecue. In addition, there will be a variety of fire and life safety exhibits
involving emergency services staff, health care professionals and other members
of the community. Frontline apparatus will also be on display.

The children will enjoy pictures with "Sparky" the fire dog, a children's size
Firefighter's Combat Challenge, face painting and of course a tour of the Fire
Safety House, a children's size trailer demonstrating "safe" smoke and fire
hazards. Food, pop and juice will also be available.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Toronto Fire Services will host fire safety
displays throughout the city. A display will be highlighted in the following
- Sherway Gardens Mall, October 8 - 11, 25 The West Mall
- Scarborough Town Centre, October 9 - 11, Bay Court, 300 Borough Dr.
- Toronto Dominion Centre, October 8 - 9
- Centrepoint Mall, October 8 - 11, 6464 Yonge St.

"Toronto Fire Services look forward to sharing these events with the
community," continues Fire Chief Bill Stewart. "I urge Toronto residents of all
ages to join in on the fun."

Media contacts:
Captain David Sheen, TFS PIO, 416-338-9317, Pager 416-468-9978
Captain Don Marsden, TFS PIO, 416-338-9316, Pager 416-667-4121
Mike Strapko, Acting District Chief, TFS PIO, 416-338-9319, Pager 416-334-5223



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