ESL Fire Safety Program leaders to be recognized

National program developed by Guelph Fire Department and local ESL school

Guelph, ON, February 6, 2015 – On Tuesday, February 10, the Guelph Fire Department will recognize local individuals who developed the ESL (English as a Second Language) Fire Safety Program used in classrooms across Canada.

About the ESL Fire Safety Program

In the late 1990s, the Guelph Fire Department’s Fire Prevention division was approached by several local ESL teachers to provide fire safety information to newcomers to Canada at the St. George’s Centre for English as a Second Language.

The Fire Prevention team delivered presentations twice a year, which led to the development of lessons on fire safety for all newcomers. Educational materials, at various English language levels, were then developed into a booklet to provide students with access to fire safety information at home and school.

Two years ago, with funding support from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the fire department and school entered into a partnership to update the fire safety materials and develop a program for ESL teachers nationwide.


ESL Fire Safety Program recognition ceremony


Shawn Armstrong, General Manager, Emergency Services, City of Guelph
Janny Pape, Advisor to the Ontario Fire Marshal, Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Tony Sabatini, Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention, Guelph Fire Department


Guelph Fire Department Headquarters
50 Wyndham Street South, Guelph


Tuesday, February 10
2 p.m.

For more information

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Emergency Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2125