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June 13, 2005
Blind woman to receive Fire Safety Award
  
Toronto Fire Services nominated Neena Saloiya and her guide dog Ziggy to
receive a Fire Safety Award from the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.
The annual Fire Safety Awards ceremony recognizes outstanding contributions to
fire protection and prevention in Ontario.

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Imperial Room, 100 Front St. W.

On February 23, 2005, Neena and Ziggy escaped from a fire in a high-rise
apartment building unharmed. When Neena recognized the need to get out of the
apartment immediately, Neena directed Ziggy to guide her down the 20 flights of
stairs to safety.

Although the fire gutted the apartment, causing close to $30,000 in damage, the
situation could have been much worse had it not been for the great team effort
of Neena and Ziggy.

Fire departments throughout Ontario nominated individuals, organizations and
the Toronto pair for this year’s awards; 21 recipients were selected. The
Honourable Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter
and Fire Marshal Moyle will present the Fire Safety Awards.

For more information about high-rise emergency fire procedures, visit www.toronto.ca/fire/p revention/fireinsky.htm


Media contact:

Mike Strapko
Acting District Chief
Toronto Fire Services
416-338-9319
416-334-5223 (pager)



 

 

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