OFM - Fire Service Messenger Article - Year in Review
A Year in Review – Pictures from 2012
In May 2012, the Office of the Fire Marshal developed a new booth for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Conference that focused on the 3 Lines of Defence. The booth’s integrated design provided an opportunity for OFM staff from all sections to work together to answer questions from the Ontario fire service.
In July 2012 an event was held at a Toronto senior’s retirement residence to talk about the government’s commitment to more retirement and long-term care homes being equipped with sprinklers. From left are Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal, Susan Eng, CARP, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Kevin Foster, Fire Chief, Midland Fire Department and President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
A picture of one of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings that took place in the Summer of 2012. In April 2012, the Ontario government announced that there would be a technical consultation led by the Office of the Fire Marshal to identify and report back on safety improvements in residences for seniors, people with disabilities, and for other vulnerable occupancies. On October 18, 2012, Minister Madeleine Meilleur was briefed on the recommendations of the committee.
Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek cuts the ribbon to the new Fire Prevention Officer’s lab at the Ontario Fire College in September 2012 as Chantelle Cosgrove, President of the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officer’s Association and Fire Prevention Officer with Brampton Fire & Emergency Services and Deputy Fire Marshal Bernie Silvestri look on.
This group photo identifies the many individuals and partners involved in helping to establish the Fire Prevention Officer’s lab at the Ontario Fire College. The lab is an important part of the practical learning process for Fire Prevention Officers. It will be an important part in the delivery of the new Fire Safety Inspections and Enforcement Seminar which began in August 2012. The Seminar reviews and expands on information contained in the corresponding guideline (TG-01-2012) which was released in July 2012. The OFM worked with the OMFPOA and the OAFC on the Seminar and the Guideline.
A group photo of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Board of Directors and its members with Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The new Board came into effect in June 2012.
Office of the Fire Marshal associate instructor Jason Fleck teaches a class about auto extrication as part of Fire Con 2012 in Thunder Bay.
Throughout the year, three Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) were signed with regional fire services’ and police departments to reduce arson fires and enhance public safety. Above, Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal shares a laugh with John Hay, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and Don Lewis, A/Detective Inspector, Thunder Bay Police Service at the MOU signing in September 2012.
During Fire Prevention Week in October 2012, Ontario’s Fire Marshal joined local fire departments with their community events. Below, he speaks with Rheaume Chaput, Fire Chief for the City of Belleville Fire Department before addressing the municipal council.
From to right, Ace, the Toronto Blue Jays mascot, Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Sparky the Fire Dog at the campaign launch of Swing into Summer Safety in May 2012.
On May 29, 2012, Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council helped launch Swing into Summer Safety at a Toronto Fire Services station. The provincial campaign is designed to raise awareness about summer safety and keep kids safe throughout the warm summer months. A number of partners are taking part, including the Toronto Blue Jays, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Technical Standards and Safety Authority and the Kidde Canada Inc. Media launches also took place in Belleville, Barrie, Kitchener, Sudbury, Niagara Falls and Windsor. Approximately half of all Ontario fire departments will be participating in this campaign. For more information, visit www.safetyinfo.ca
Pictured here, the Ontario Fire Marshal speaks to Junior Kindergarten students at a school in Toronto as part of a kick-off event.
As part of the ‘12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety’ in December 2012, the above photo compilation showing the right way and the wrong way to deal with a grease fire was distributed to all Ontario media. The top image, Peter Derrington, District Chief of Public Education, Toronto Fire Services, demonstrates the catastrophic effect of using water to try to put out a stove- top grease fire. This is the wrong way, and the outcome was a violent outburst of flames.
In the bottom photo, District Chief Derrington shows the correct approach - placing a tight-fitting lid over the pan. Within seconds the flames subsided. (It is important to turn the heat off and allow the pot to cool before attempting to move it.)
The kitchen fire demonstration was a simulation performed in a controlled setting at the Toronto Fire Academy with a pumper crew standing by to ensure everyone's safety through the exercise. Click here to watch the video of the demonstration.