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Fire Marshal of Ontario Ted Wieclawek presents award to Queen’s University’s Residence Life Department

June 14, 2013 -

The Fire Marshal of Ontario Ted Wieclawek has presented a Fire Safety Award to Queen's University's Department of Residence Life in recognition of its ongoing work to reduce the number of malicious false alarms in student residences.

"Malicious alarms are costly and dangerous.  Responding to malicious alarms ties up firefighters so that they may not be immediately available to respond to genuine emergencies," says Ted Posadowski, Fire Inspector. 

The 2013 Fire Safety Award acknowledges Residence Life's implemented changes to residence policy dramatically reduced the number of malicious alarms.  In the years previous to this initiative launching in 2011, malicious alarms at the residences ranged between 30 and 50 a year – in the 2012 that was reduce to just two malicious alarms.

In addition to a multi-faceted education and enforcement program developed by Residence Life, Kingston Fire & Rescue also provided fire safety training to residence staff and public education materials to emphasize the serious nature of tampering with fire detection equipment. 

Anyone who maliciously sets off a fire alarm is issued a notice of violation and face charges against for tampering with smoke alarms.

The Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors in this event: Technical Standards and Safety Authority, The Co-operators Group, Kidde Canada Inc., Home Depot of Canada Inc., Proctor & Gamble Inc., Electrical Safety Authority, CSA Group, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Roxul Inc. and Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.