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Setting 'Sights' high

Fire education program seeking further expansion

By Adam Ledlow

In October 2013, CHS joined forces with three regional fire departments as part of a new fire education program called Sightline to Safety. The goal of the program is to educate people who are Deaf and hard of hearing about fire safety and equipment. Over the past year, the fire departments in Severn, Peterborough, and Brockville, along with newcomer Belleville which joined in March, have seen more than 85 households register with their local fire department. Registered households are identified as having Deaf or hard of hearing residents, which enables emergency personnel to respond efficiently in the event of a fire.

As the one-year anniversary of the program approaches, CHS is calling on other jurisdictions across the province to get involved.

“Sightline to Safety provides information to members of the community who are Deaf or hard of hearing who may not be aware of potentially life-saving technology available in the event of a fire,” says Jo Ann Bentley, program director for CHS’s Communication Devices and Accessibility Consulting programs. “Also, by registering with the fire department, emergency personnel are aware of the communication needs of residents. Through this partnership, we are able to educate and protect more Deaf and hard of hearing residents, so we are encouraging additional communities to get involved as well.”

For more information on Sightline to Safety email

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