Enbridge Gas helps New Tecumseth Fire Rescue

Posted On Monday November 08, 2021

Enbridge Gas helps New Tecumseth Fire Rescue

Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Safe Community Project Zero 

Town of New Tecumseth, November 8, 2021 – Today, Enbridge Gas, the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council and New Tecumseth Fire Rescue announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

New Tecumseth Fire Rescue received 234 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Safe Community Project Zero–a public education campaign that will provide over 16,600 alarms to residents in 70 municipalities across Ontario.

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.

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.

“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 Bike Balkanci, Director, GTA West/Niagara 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.”

“We know that working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives. We are grateful for the support of Enbridge Gas to allow us to provide potentially life saving combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to those in our community who may not otherwise be able to have access to them,” says New Tecumseth Director of Emergency Services and Fire Chief, Dan Heydon.

About New Tecumseth Fire Rescue

New Tecumseth Fire Rescue (NTFR) consists of 130 paid-on-call firefighters, a full-time Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief of Operations/Training, Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention and Education, Training Officer and Prevention Officer. The department operates three fire stations within New Tecumseth, with the stations located in Alliston, Beeton and

Tottenham. NTFR’s response area is 180 km² and includes a population of approximately 40,000 residents, both rural and urban.

The purpose of New Tecumseth Fire Rescue is to protect the life and property of its citizens in New Tecumseth from fire and other public safety hazards through prevention, education, planning and emergency incident services, fire extinguisher training, rescue, suppression, and basic life support services.

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.

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For more information, please contact:


Tatjana Milne, Manager of Corporate Communications, Town of New Tecumseth Tel: 705-415-2959

Email: tmilne@newtecumseth.ca


Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105

Email: kathy.ash@firesafetycouncil.com


Enbridge Gas Media Tel: 1-855-884-5112

Email: enbridgegasmedia@enbridge.com