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The Prescott Fire Department service is comprised of 29 volunteer professional firefighters. The Department is led by Fire Chief Renny Rayner. In addition to firefighting and life-saving services, the Department's emphasis is on fire prevention, providing fire inspection, and fire education programs throughout the community.
Enbridge Gas teams up with Prescott Fire Department to Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Safe Community Project Zero
TOWN OF PRESCOTT, ON, October 16, 2023 – Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas), and Prescott Fire Department announced they are working together to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.
Prescott Fire Department received 114 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (FMPFSC) that will provide more than 10,000 alarms to residents in 50 municipalities across Ontario.
This year, Enbridge Gas invested $315,000 in Safe Community Project Zero, and over the past 15 years, the program has provided more than 86,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.
When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.
“Properly maintaining fuel burning equipment is the best way to reduce potential exposure to carbon monoxide, and an alarm is a critical second line of defense for protection. When we implement these strategies together, we protect our loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning, also known as the silent killer,” says Scott Harris, Eastern Region Supervisor Operations, Enbridge Gas.
“Across Ontario there is a renewed focus on the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver these alarms to areas where they are needed most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the FMPFSC. “It’s a program that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a carbon monoxide alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage.”
“The Prescott Fire Department would like to express our gratitude to Enbridge Gas for the 114 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The support we received is essential in continuing our fire prevention and public education initiatives for the residents of the Town of Prescott.”
About the Fire Department
The Town of Prescott Fire Department serves a community of approximately 4200 residents and is made up of 27 volunteer firefighters, a part-time fire chief and a full-time administrative assistant. The department is committed to the safety, protection and well-being of its residents and visitors through prevention, education, suppression, and rescue services.
About the FMPFSC
The FMPFSC was established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, the FMPFSC promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the FMPFSC on Twitter @FMPFSC.
About Enbridge Gas Inc.
Enbridge Gas is Canada’s largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario, with 2023 marking its 175th anniversary of serving customers. The distribution business provides safe, affordable, reliable energy to about 3.9 million customers and is leading the transition to a clean energy future through net-zero emissions targets and investments in innovative low-carbon energy solutions. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Enbridge Gas is owned by Enbridge (ENB), a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Visit enbridgegas.com to learn more.
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For more information, please contact:
Renny Rayner, Fire Chief
Tel: 613-925-2812 ext. 7001
Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105
Enbridge Gas Media
Pictured with some of the new combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms at the October 16th, 2023, Town Council meeting are (from left to right): Councillor Lee McConnell, Fire Chief Renny Rayner, Councillor Ruth Lockett, Ian Presley, Field Manager, AR&I Valley Depots Area, Enbridge Gas, Councillor Mary Campbell, Councillor Tracey Young, Mayor Gauri Shankar, Honorary Mayor Slater Doran, CFPO Brent Norton, Councillor Leanne Burton, and Councillor Justin Kirkby.
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2023. Visit www.nfpa.org/fpw for more information, including activities for kids, lesson plans, and safety tips sheets.
Don't forget to test your smoke alarm! Last year there were 133 fire fatalities in the province – the most in 20 years. As part of fire prevention week, Ontarians are encouraged to learn more about smoke alarms, fire safety and home escape planning, which can save the lives of you and your loved ones. Most importantly, we want you to test your smoke alarms!
Close out Fire Prevention Week by attending our annual Open House community event! See below for details.