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August 13, 2004
"KidSummer" combines emergency skills, safety tips and fun
  
Children of all ages are welcome to participate in "KidSummer"--an evening of
fun that lets kids feel what it's like to be a firefighter, paramedic and
police officer.

Date: Monday, August 16
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire Academy, 895 Eastern Ave.

Children will learn about firefighting by going into a fire safety house and
learning how to escape a fire by crawling under smoke. Prizes will also be
given out during a mini-combat challenge and kids will be given the chance to
handle a real fire hose and extinguisher.

Toronto Emergency Medical Services will let kids become junior paramedics for
the night by learning some basic first aid, riding through a fun obstacle
course with "lights and sirens" and helping a patient "in need." The fun
continues as their running abilities are tested in a pole stretcher race where
children are awarded with prizes.

Toronto Police Service will offer children a chance to explore the mystery of
"fingerprinting." They will also have two mounted units (horses) and their
safety bug.

Safety activity booklets, crayons and recruitment information will be available
to encourage children to dream about becoming a firefighter, paramedic or
police officer one day. The grand finale of the evening will be an
auto-extrication demonstration where firefighters will battle spectacular live
fires.

"The men and women of the Toronto Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services
are committed to the safety of the children of this great city," said Fire
Chief Bill Stewart. "The KidSummer activities will be a fun-filled evening of
participation by the children and a true educational experience."

Media contacts:
Captain Mike Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319,
pager 416-334-5223
Julie Pootmans, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, 416-397-0781



 

 

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