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Picton boy receives fire safety action award

From left: Richard Craibbe, Chief Training Officer, Oakville Fire Department, Fire Safety Awards Selection Committee, Mike Branscombe, Fire Prevention Officer, Prince Edward County, Alex Korchuk and Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario

From left: Richard Craibbe, Chief Training Officer, Oakville Fire Department, Fire Safety Awards Selection Committee, Mike Branscombe, Fire Prevention Officer, Prince Edward County, Alex Korchuk and Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario

The Fire Marshal’s Public Safety Fire Council has recognized Alex Korchuk, 7, with a Fire Safety Action Award, because of his quick action and fire safety knowledge.

Last December, Alex was asleep in his home in Picton when he was awakened by the sound of a smoke alarm. He woke his father, telling him the alarms were going off and the house was filling with smoke. He then woke his two older brothers, leading them to safety.  His father ran to the recreation room and found the wall unit on fire and the main floor full of smoke.

Alex remained calm throughout the incident while his father extinguished the fire and called the Prince Edward County Fire Department.

Prince Edward County Fire Prevention Officer Mike Branscombe had visited Alex’s school just months before to teach the class about fire safety, staying calm and family fire evacuation plans.

“Alex’s quick actions demonstrated a solid understanding of fire safety and family evacuation,” said Branscombe. “Not only was Alex prepared, but his family was prepared. They had discussed evacuation plans which avoided a potentially tragic situation.”

“Although the house suffered some fire and smoke damage, the family was able to return home a week later,” said Ted Wieclawek, Chair, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.  “Because of Alex’s quick actions and fire safety knowledge, the damage was relatively minor and, most importantly, everyone safely escaped.”

The Prince Edward County Fire Department regularly visits local schools to teach students about fire safety, fire evacuation plans and procedures and more. The intent is to spark discussion in the classroom that students will take home and talk about fire safety with their family.

“Education is key to fire prevention and fire safety,” said Scott Manlow, PEC Fire. “We are so proud of Alex and how he applied what he learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. Teaching fire safety in schools is so important and the dividends are immeasurable.”

Fire Safety Action Awards are awarded to children and teenagers who have actively demonstrated fire safety behaviours they have learned.  Alex will also be recognized by both the County Fire Department and the mayor at a meeting of Prince Edward County Council this summer.

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  1. Joan Mulvihill says:

    Congratulation Alex – very proud of you
    from Great Aunt Joan

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