Minister's Announcement - Smoke Alarms 2012

 

      FIRE CHIEFS’ ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

 

At noon today in front of the BC Legislature, Justice Minister Shirley Bond and Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux will be announcing some great strides achieved to date in the “Working Smoke Alarm” campaign in BC

 

To further the goal of having functioning smoke alarms in every household in BC, the Ministers will be announcing that:

 

·         Kidde Canada has donated 5,000 smoke alarms to be distributed among vulnerable populations in the province, including First Nations, elderly and homes with children.  Partners in the campaign will be developing a distribution plan

·         Black Press (based in Victoria) will be adding weight to the campaign with a $350,000 strategic, multimedia investment to raise awareness amongst its readers

·         Minister Bond, a Champion of the campaign will be hosting a meeting with major organizations and business from BC to discuss smoke alarm issues and work toward further achieving the objectives of the campaign

·         The original FCABC campaign has attracted partners such as Fire Chief Jeff Lambert (Victoria) Chair of the BC Public Fire & Life Safety Committee; the Office of the Fire Commissioner; the Insurance Brokers’ Association of BC; Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the Canadian Police Research Centre; and the University of Fraser Valley

·         The City of Nelson has added a statement on their 2012 Tax Notices for citizens to ensure they have a working smoke alarm in their residences

·         Work is being done to Proclaim October 12, 2012 as Smoke Alarm Awareness Day in BC

·         A national injury reduction forum will be held on Oct 12, 2012 by the Canadian Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons and Surrey Fire Services

 

For more information on the campaign, please go to www.fcabc.ca to find a direct link to the www.workingsmokealarms.ca website.

 

 

Len W. Garis,

FCABC President