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December 28, 2005
Media Advisory Toronto Fire, Police and EMS holiday safety display
Toronto Councillor Janet Davis, Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will simulate an auto-extrication accident rescue to promote fire and traffic safety. Rescue Squad 331 will show how they extricate people out of a car wreck and paramedics from Toronto EMS will package an accident victim to transport to hospital.

Date: Thursday, December 29
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

“Drinking and driving could lead to accidents that could spoil your holiday season, so please don’t drink and drive,” said Deputy Fire Chief Patrick McCabe.

During New Year’s Eve celebrations, cooking, smoking, burning candles and driving while under the influence of alcohol can be deadly:
  • watch drinkers and make sure they take a taxi or have a sober designated driver
  • properly extinguish cigarettes
  • do not leave candles or cooking unattended.
The number of fires, accidents and fire deaths rise sharply during the holiday season. Gatherings of family and friends can mean an increase in cooking activity, which is the leading cause of home fires. Alcohol consumption also increases this time of year and is cited as a contributing factor in many of Toronto’s fire and vehicular deaths. Add candles, holiday decorations and heating equipment to the mix and the potential for disaster is significant.

For information about holiday fire safety, visit

Media contacts:
Captain Michael Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
416-338-9319, pager 416-334-5223

Constable Lee Bishop
Toronto Police Service

Larry Roberts
Toronto Emergency Medical Services



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