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August 21, 2009
60th anniversary of Toronto's Noronic fire remembered at the CNE
Toronto Fire Services invites the public to attend an exciting schedule of events, including a film, during the 2009 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

Starting today (August 21), the CNE’s opening day, a mini theatre in the station will feature the National Film Board’s “Disasters of the Century, the Noronic Fire.” Visitors will learn about the fire that burned the passenger ship S.S. Noronic in Toronto Harbour in 1949 - and the lessons learned since that deadly fire occurred. Flat-screen televisions have been provided to show the film, thanks to the generous support of Sharp Electronics.

Toronto firefighters will also provide education and some fun for people young and old at historic Fire Station 346, located at 90 Quebec St.(in the northwest area of Exhibition Place), throughout the 2009 CNE. The fire station, built in 1922, is a seasonal station that is operational only during the annual CNE. Each day, the station will be a hub of activity for visitors interested in obtaining essential fire safety information. People can speak with a firefighter and tour this unique fire station.

Information about home safety will be available throughout the CNE. Are you considering building or renovating a home? Learn how residential fire sprinklers save lives and property while reducing home insurance premiums. Observe how effectively sprinklers douse fires, as demonstrated at the Toronto Fire Services sprinkler trailer at the fire station three times a day - at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Learn how to prevent kitchen fires by watching a presentation at the outdoor Let’s Get Cooking Food, Fun & Nutrition Stage located just west of the main doors of the Better Living Centre. Presentations, courtesy of The Bay and Frigidaire, will be held daily at 11:45 a.m. and at 1:15, 2:45 and 4:45 p.m.

The annual Warrior’s Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, with Toronto firefighters marching in this 88th veterans’ parade.

Children of all ages will be welcomed at the Quebec Street fire station daily, where they can have their photos taken as a junior firefighters, receive junior firefighter tattoos and view the antique 1942 pumper engine.

Seniors may be particularly interested in visiting the stage at Heritage Court Thursdays on August 27 and September 3 (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), when Toronto Fire Services will host big-screen presentations of the National Film Board’s documentary about the S.S. Noronic fire.

Scheduled events start on CNE opening day and continue through to Monday, September 7, when Toronto firefighters will participate in the annual Labour Day Parade.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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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