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June 16, 2011
Fire Safety Day at Rogers Centre
Today is Fire Safety Day at Toronto's Rogers Centre - part of a new and exciting safety campaign called "Swing into Summer Safety."

Teaching children how to protect themselves from injury is always important to Toronto firefighters, especially as the summer vacation approaches. This summer, children across Ontario will be prepared with safety tips even before their vacation begins because of Swing into Summer Safety.

Today's activities at the Rogers Centre focus on fire and life safety for children. Toronto firefighters are on site distributing 30,000 packs of Toronto Blue Jays baseball cards, each card featuring important life safety tips for children for the approaching summer. Outside the stadium, families have the opportunity to tour two Toronto fire trucks and jump on an inflatable fire truck, courtesy of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association Local 3888.

Prior to the start of today's game, the Toronto Fire Services Colour Guard will lead dignitaries onto the field. Dignitaries include Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek; Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart; President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Tim Beckett; Executive Director of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council Art Pullan; Council Coordinator of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council Anne Miller; Director, Research and Education, Technical Standards and Safety Authority Dave Lisle; Business Support Manager of Kidde Inc. Marie Claude Lavigeuer; Toronto Blue Jay mascot Ace and Toronto Fire Services Mascot Sparky.

Presentations will be made by the Toronto Blue Jays organization to the supporting partners, as well as a special presentation by Sparky to Blue Jays mascot ACE. Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek will deliver the game's first pitch.

Toronto Fire Services is just one of 200 Ontario fire departments participating in the Swing into Summer Safety educational campaign for school-aged children and their families.

"The Toronto Blue Jays are pleased to once again be partnering with the brave men and women of the Ontario Fire Service on a campaign that reinforces and educates families and youth on the importance of fire safety awareness," emphasized Blue Jays President Paul Beeston.

"I am delighted to team up with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs," said Toronto Fire Services Fire Chief William Stewart, "especially to promote safety as we swing into summer."

To ensure the success of this educational campaign, each participating fire department will receive sets of the Blue Jays cards with safety tips, as well as posters, banners and pennants. Public service announcements will feature members of the Toronto Blue Jays. For more information, visit the campaign's official website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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