Fire department to give smoke alarms to needy

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) received 882 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through ‘Project Zero,’ a public education campaign that aims to reduce the number of residential fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths to zero. The donation is valued at more than $52,000.

Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning that is needed to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure.

“Partnering with Project Zero and the Mississauga Food Bank benefits the residents of Mississauga that aren’t able to afford life-saving smoke and carbon monoxide alarms,” said MFES fire chief Tim Beckett. “Working smoke alarms save lives. This donation will help keep our community fire safe for which we are very grateful.”

“It is essential that Ontarians protect themselves and their families from carbon monoxide poisoning,” added fire marshal Ross Nichols.  “By installing carbon monoxide alarms in the home, on every level and adjacent to sleeping areas, residents can help prevent needless tragedies.  Project Zero is an invaluable program that helps fire departments educate residents in their community about carbon monoxide alarms.”

MFES will be partnering with local food banks to distribute the alarms to residents in need across the city.

Each year, since the launch of the campaign in 2009, Enbridge Gas Distribution teams up with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council to select and provide fire departments where the company operates with alarms to be delivered to high-risk individuals in their communities. So far, Project Zero has been delivered to 85 Ontario communities.

In the photo, from the left, are MFES acting division chief Nigel Robinson, MFES assistant chief Mark Ormand, MFES acting assistant chief Nancy Macdonald-Duncan, Mississauga Food Bank executive director Chris Hatch, MFES fire chief Tim Beckett, Ontario fire marshal Ross Nichols, public fire safety council rep Jeff Holden, Enbridge operation manager Steve Holt and Enbridge rep Lukasz Wierzbicki. Photo courtesy of the City of Mississauga.

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