The Windsor Professional Firefighters Association is donating twelve portable carbon monoxide alarms to Windsor Fire and Rescue Services to be put on every frontline fire apparatus. These small portable alarms will be attached to the medical kits that firefighters carry into every medical emergency.
“When firefighters respond to medical emergencies, quite often they have no idea why the patient or patients have fallen ill,” said Fire Chief Bruce Montone. “These devices will help us to immediately determine the presence of carbon monoxide in the patient’s home. As you know, carbon monoxide is called the ‘silent killer’ because it is odourless and colourless, so what could potentially be happening while our members are working on a patient is they may be getting exposed to this deadly gas without their knowledge.”
MPP Ernie Hardeman (Oxford County), through his private members bill championed the Hawkins Gignac Act to make carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all homes in the Province of Ontario.
“We know that there is a great risk when first responders walk into a home that is filled with carbon monoxide and have no way of knowing this deadly gas is there,” said Hardeman. “I want to commend the Firefighters Association and Windsor Fire and Rescue Services for their hard work to ensure that our firefighters are safe and able to continue their important work saving lives.”
Through the Windsor Firefighters’ initiative and the involvement of MPP Hardeman, another unique partner has been brought into our community: The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). In support of this community public safety initiative, both the Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Windsor Professional Firefighters Association working in conjunction with Windsor Fire and Rescue Services will be providing 150 carbon monoxide alarms to families that are identified as being in need within our community, thanks to the generosity of IBC. “Almost every home in Ontario has something that poses a carbon monoxide threat, so having a detector will help protect families and save lives,” said Doug DeRabbie of IBC. “We look forward to working with all stakeholders to continue to raise awareness of the dangers of CO.”
“The Windsor Firefighters are proud to be supporting and helping build a safer community,” said Wayne Currie, Executive Member, Windsor Professional Firefighters Association.