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December 3, 2008
Toronto has a ‘Junior Fire Chief’ for the day
Toronto Fire Services will celebrate with Junior Fire Chief for the Day Contest winner, Kayla Neves, a Grade 3 student at St. Sebastian Catholic School. Kayla’s winning ballot was drawn from hundreds of children’s ballots entered during Toronto’s Fire Prevention Week contest. The contest required children to assess home fire safety hazards with a contest checklist, and then along with a parent, to correct any problems. As an added bonus, Kayla’s entry provided a ‘home escape plan’ showing the layout of her home, and the possible exits she and her family could use in the event of a home fire.

As a Junior Fire Chief, 8-year-old Kayla will be met at her school by Deputy Fire Chief Frank Lamie and Toronto firefighters, where she will then be taken for a ride throughout her community in a frontline fire truck. Afterwards, back at Station 345 on Dufferin Street (south of Dupont Street), she will be presented with her prizes, which will include a tour of the station and apparatus, as well as:

• a Duracell Junior Fire Chiefs Turnout Gear
• a Futurnova MP3 Player
• a Sparky the Fire Dog Wrist Watch
• a Sparky Smoke Alarm and Duracell Batteries
• an official Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) 100th anniversary Chief’s Certificate.

Date: Tuesday, December 9
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Sebastian Catholic School, 717 Brock Ave., (front entrance to school yard)

The Junior Fire Chief contest is hosted by the CAFC and Duracell as part of their Fire Prevention Week Campaign and 100th anniversary. Kayla, along with other municipal contest winners, will be entered into a Provincial Draw, with the opportunity to win a prize package worth $250. Provincial winners will then be entered into a Grand Prize Draw, with the chance to win an all expense paid trip for four to Ottawa as guests of the Ottawa Fire Department. For further details, visit

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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency 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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