Some local fire services are flush with smoke detectors thanks to an initiative called Project Zero.
Fire Services in Midland, Penetanguishene, and Innisfil were on the receiving end of hundreds of combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as part of this project. The devices come by way of Enbridge Gas Inc. which plans to provide more than 9,100 alarms to 40 municipalities across Ontario.
“It is extremely important to ensure that everyone is safe from carbon monoxide,” said Tom Raeburn, Chief, Innisfil Fire and Rescue Services. “Through campaigns like Project Zero, we can better educate our residents, and help them to be better prepared, and ultimately be safer in their homes. We are committed to promoting safety within our community which includes a focus on carbon monoxide education and awareness.”
Innisfil Fire Service received 156 alarms to be provided to area residents, while Penetanguishene Fire and Emergency Services and the Midland Fire Department received a total of 252, to be split evenly among both communities.
“Only through continued partnerships like Project Zero with Enbridge Gas are fire departments able to provide the best possible protection to ensure that families are safe in their homes from fires and carbon monoxide,” said Paul Ryan, Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Midland and Penetanguishene. “The activation of these alarms will alert residents in a timely fashion to allow everyone in the home to escape safely. Only working alarms can save lives.”
This year, Enbridge Gas Inc. invested $275,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 alarms to Ontario fire departments.
Banner photo courtesy Town of Innisfil: From L-R : Grant Kilpatrick, Operations Manager (Enbridge), Mark Wilson, Sr. Advisor Municipal Affairs (Enbridge), Coun. Carolyn Payne, Tim McCallum, Deputy Fire Chief, Innisfil Fire and Rescue, Mayor Lynn Dollin, Deputy Mayor Dan Davidson, Coun. Bill Van Berkel, Coun. Rob Nicol, Coun. Kenneth Fowler, Coun. Donna Orsatti, Coun Alex Waters, Mike Symes, Fire Prevention Officer.