Cambridge Fire joins the Enbridge Gas Safe Community Project Zero campaign: Providing household alarms to at-risk homeowners in need

Posted on Thursday December 02, 2021

The Cambridge Fire Department is excited to announce they are partnering with Enbridge Gas and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for the Safe Community Project Zero campaign. Safe Community Project Zero is a public education campaign that will provide over 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.

As part of Safe Community Project Zero, the Cambridge Fire Department is working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero through the distribution of 342 smoke/CO alarms to homeowners in need.

The Cambridge Fire Department will be providing the alarms to senior homeowners in Cambridge. Seniors who need an alarm but face challenges in purchasing one, are invited to pick up an alarm through the City’s 50+ Centers, starting Monday, December 6th. Alarms will be given out to those in need on a first come, first served basis.

“The Cambridge Fire Department is proud to have been selected for Safe Community Project Zero. It’s such an important campaign and I know it will positively impact our older residents in need,” says Cambridge Fire Chief Brian Arnold. “Smoke alarms save lives. The Safe Community Project Zero campaign ensures seniors in need can access new, working alarms for their homes.”

“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and we have proof that prevention saves lives. We know that the best way to avoid carbon monoxide exposure is to eliminate it at the source by properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment, and that the alarms are a critical second line of defense to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Murray Costello, Director, Southeast Region Operations, Enbridge Gas.

“The objective of Safe Community Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council. “It’s a program that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a CO alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage.”

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $500,000 in Safe Community Project Zero and over the past 13 years the program has provided more than 68,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

If residents have any questions about Safe Community Project Zero in Cambridge, they can reach out to the Cambridge Fire Department at fireprevention@cambridge.ca.

 

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Background:

About the Fire Department

The City of Cambridge Fire Department's mission is to "Save Lives, Prevent Injury, and Protect Property. Cambridge Fire has fire has 6 stations throughout the city with Station 1 Headquarters being at 1625 Bishop Street North.  There are approximately 127 firefighters in suppression and 17 staff makes up Fire Prevention, Training, Administration Public Education, Mechanical and Communications.  For more information visit us at www.cambridge.ca or follow on Twitter @CambridgeFD.

About the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council

The Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council (Council) is a registered charity established in 1993 with a mission to help create “a world where no one is hurt by fire.” Chaired by the Ontario Fire Marshal, the Council promotes fire prevention and public education through sponsorships and partnerships with various groups and individuals with an interest in public safety. Follow the Council on Twitter @FMPFSC.

About Enbridge Gas

Enbridge Gas Inc., formed on January 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution, is Canada's largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with a more than 170-year history of providing safe and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.8 million customers, heating over 75 per cent of Ontario homes. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Enbridge Gas Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. For more information, visit www.enbridgegas.com or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas.

  

Primary Media Contact:

Rachel Ajamzadeh

Communications Advisor

City of Cambridge

ajamzadehr@cambridge.ca

 

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