OFM Public Education – October 2017


Fire Prevention Week – October 8 – 14, 2017!
 
Theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

 

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week – November 1 – 7, 2017!

 


What’s the risk in October?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in October
  • Average of 39 injuries
  • Average of 6 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking, and heating equipment.

Hunting Fire Safety

Remember hunting fire safety!


Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking Fire Safety


Electrical Fire Safety

Electrical Fire Safety


Heating Fire Safety

Heating Fire Safety


Fall Fire Safety Tips

Tips for a Fire-safe Halloween

Autumn Fire Safety

TSSA Autumn Handbook

TSSA Autumn Cleanup Checklist


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape

2017 Fire Safety and Awareness Open House Great Success!

The second annual fire safety and awareness open house was held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Mattawa Fire Hall.

Many families visited and learned more about the numerous tasks that the firefighters perform; they were able to inspect the fire equipment. In addition, many live demonstrations were carried out in the parking lot some of which included participation by attendees. Many businesses contributed to the events and demonstrations as noted below.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) also had representatives attending the event. Families were able to tour the respective vehicles from both agencies and get information about their respective services.

Sparky, the department mascot, enthusiastically participated in the event!


Mattawa Fire Equipment


 
Our future firefighters…
 

 


OPP Equipment


 
Our future police force…
 

 
The OPP brought their high tech toys. They demonstrated their drone. So here is looking at the open house from an entirely different perspective…
 

 


EMS Equipment


 


Sparky

Of course, Sparky, the department mascot, tried to steal the show! Do you know The Story of Sparky the Fire Dog ?
 
Everyone enjoyed having their photos taken with the famous Dalmatian.
 


 


Extrication Procedures

The Mattawa Fire Department would like to thank Monette’s Towing for providing a vehicle that could be used to demonstrate extrication procedures. Firefighters are often called to the scene of motor vehicle accidents and on occasion the vehicle occupants are trapped.
 
The jaws of life and many other extrication tools assist the firefighters in removing the occupants from the vehicles. Several firefighters demonstrated extrication procedures to open house attendees.
 


 


Refreshments

Visitors and volunteers enjoyed coffee and Timbits courtesy of the Mattawa Tim Hortons.

Fire Chief Chad Belanger was the chef for the event. Hot dogs and drinks were served to visitors and volunteers. Many thanks to Huard’s Freshmart for their donation of a portion of the refreshments.


Fire Extinguisher Demonstrations

Ever wonder how difficult it is to use a fire extinguisher? Some attendees were able to find out. A representative from Helyx set up demonstration equipment and, after providing a brief demonstration, gave the fire extinguisher to other volunteers. It is not as easy as it looks!
 


 


Water and Ice Rescue Sled

Perhaps it is not widely known, but the Mattawa Fire Department owns a water and ice rescue sled and immersion suits. The equipment was on display at the open house. This equipment was purchased several years ago to assist with ice water rescue should the need occur.
 


 
Glenn and Leslie Clarke were able to attend the open house and were recognized for their generous donation towards this equipment (read more of their story…).
 

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Hunting Fire Safety Tips

Fall hunting season will soon be underway and hunters are taking up temporary residence. The Ontario Fire Code requires every dwelling unit in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. The term dwelling unit includes seasonal homes such as park model trailers, cabins and cottages. It also includes trailer homes, motor homes and other recreational vehicles.

OFM Public Education – September 2017


Fire Prevention Week – October 8 – 14, 2017!
 
Theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!

 

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week – November 1 – 7, 2017!

 


What’s the risk in September?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 7% of annual loss fires occur in September
  • Average of 32 injuries
  • Average of 3 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking, and cigarettes.

Fire Safety
Primary fire safety concerns for September include cooking, smoking, electrical fires, and farm fires.

Cooking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety
Electrical Fire Safety
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Information about Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm
Additional information about farm fire safety


Detection

Fire Safety Equipment


Escape

Plan Your Escape

St. Victor’s school students visit Mattawa fire hall

St. Victor’s school students visited the Mattawa fire hall on Friday, June 23rd, 2017. The children and adult supervisors were greeted by Deputy Fire Chief Paul Dupras.

The children immediately asked whether the department had a dog! Goes to show how Sparky makes an impression. They also wondered where all the other firefighters were. It was explained to them that the firefighters are volunteers and have other jobs. There were many questions about the gear that the firefighters wear, why are the helmets different colours, questions about the man down alarms, the flashlights on the helmets, etc. Very inquisitive minds!

The kids were very excited when Fire Chief Chad Belanger arrived as now the boss was there!

In spite of the the children were able to see the gear that the firefighters wear, get into the fire trucks, tour the back of the rescue van, and see the ice water rescue equipment while nice and dry inside the fire hall.

A great time was had by all! Everyone left smiling wearing their very own fire hat!

Public school students visit the Mattawa fire hall

Mattawa District Public School jk and sk students visited the Mattawa fire hall on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017. The excited children could be heard as they walked down McConnell St. towards the fire hall. As they spotted the fire trucks that were parked outside the fire hall with all their lights flashing…

WOW those are real fire trucks!

 
The children and adult supervisors were greeted by Deputy Fire Chief Paul Dupras and firefighters Caleb Jodouin and Ernie Lamirante.



There were many questions about the gear that the firefighters wear, the ice water rescue equipment, and the fire trucks. Some of the children were eager to share stories where they had experienced some type of event related to fire.



But most of all they all wanted to get into the fire trucks, pretend to drive, blow the horns!



It certainly looked like they enjoyed their visit! Everyone left smiling wearing their very own fire hat!


OFM Public Education – August 2017


What’s the risk in August?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in August
  • Average of 34 injuries
  • Average of 5 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

Fire Safety
Primary fire safety concerns for August include barbecues, smoking, cottage fires, and electrical fires.


Barbecue Safety
TSSA Tips for the Safe Use of Barbecues…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cottage Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips…


Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Safety Tips…


Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Top Tips for a Safer Summer
TSSA Summer Smart Handbook
TSSA Fuel Safety in Recreational Activities


Safe Student Accommodations
College and university students will soon be heading to school and living on their own – in many cases for the first time. Knowfire.ca has resources and information about fire safety for college and university students.
Safe Student Accommodations Info Sheet…


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Smoke Alarms in RVs, Trailers and Campers
Carbon Monoxide Information
CO Alarms in RVs, Trailers and Campers


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card
High-rise fire safety


OFM Public Education – July 2017


What’s the risk in July?
2006-2015 Ontario avg. fire losses, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management:

  • 8% of annual loss fires occur in July
  • Average of 27 injuries
  • Average of 4 fatalities
  • Top ignition sources include electrical distribution equipment, cooking equipment, and cigarettes.

Fire Safety
Primary fire safety concerns for July include barbecues, cottage fires, and forest fires.


Barbecue Safety
TSSA Tips for the Safe Use of Barbecues…


Smoking Safety
Smoking Fire Safety Info Sheet…


Cottage Safety
Cottage Fire Safety Tips…


Forest Fires
People having outdoor fires must follow strict guidelines under the Forest Fires Prevention Act of Ontario to ensure that their fires are properly managed.

Forest Fires Safety Information…

For more information about current forest fire danger and forest fire activity across the province visit Forest Fires.


Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Safety Tips…


Summer Fire Safety Tips
TSSA Top Tips for a Safer Summer
TSSA Summer Smart Handbook


Detection
Smoke Alarm Info Sheet
Smoke Alarm Information
Carbon Monoxide Information


Escape
Escape Planning Info Sheet
Home Fire Escape Planning Tips
Plan Your Escape Info Card