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May 1, 2000
The Toronto Fire Services Bring Fire and Life Safety to the Community
Firefighters know that deaths and injuries would be greatly reduced if every
home was equipped with working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. So
again this year beginning on Tuesday, May 2/00 and continuing over the next few
months, members of the Toronto Fire Services will be going door-to-door within
the community providing essential information about smoke alarms, carbon
monoxide detectors and home escape plans. The program is entitled "ALARMED FOR

"The ALARMED FOR LIFE program was developed to bring the message of the
importance of fire safety to individual homes through a visit by firefighters"
explains Toronto Fire Services Chief, Alan Speed. "The program directly
reflects the concerns that firefighters have for the safety of their
communities. Our goal is to ensure that all citizens are indeed alarmed for

Firefighters will be completing a brief survey for each household to gather
information on the level of fire protection in the home. This key information
will be used toward the development of new programs and initiatives to benefit
the community. In addition, firefighters will answer any questions and provide
information to enhance the fire and life safety of Toronto residents.

As an adjunct to the 'ALARMED FOR LIFE' program, all Toronto Fire Stations will
be participating in an open house on Saturday, May 6/00 from 10:00a.m. to
4:00p.m. The public are invited to visit any fire station in Toronto to obtain
further information regarding the program, to ask any questions and to view
fire apparatus and equipment.

Media Contact
Brian Stewart, Public Education Officer
Toronto Fire Services



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