News release

Individuals Recognized for Excellence in Fire Safety

Students and staff at Enfield District Elementary School and members of the Enfield Volunteer Fire Service Association were recognized today, March 26, for excellence and commitment to fire safety.

Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, presented students Connor, Jacob and Kenton Gilby with plaques congratulating them for quick action and response during a fire at their Enfield home in December.

"I am honored to present three brave Nova Scotians with plaques for helping keep their family safe during a fire emergency," said Mr. Parent. "I congratulate the students for taking what they've learned in the classroom and applying that knowledge when it was needed the most."

Karen Casey, Minister of Education, presented teachers Sonja Isenor and Angela Beaton with plaques to thank them for continued efforts to increase awareness among students about the importance of fire safety.

"Mrs. Isenor and Mrs. Beaton have been champions of the Learn Not to Burn program for more then 10 years," said Mrs. Casey. "Without their commitment and dedication to this program, many students would not have the information needed to make life-saving decisions."

Learn Not to Burn is a fire safety education program that is available to elementary school children. The program uses songs, stories, puppets, games and other activities to teach fire safety behaviours to elementary school children. The program began at Enfield District Elementary in 1992.

Also recognized at the event, was the Enfield Fire Service Association for commitment to fire service in its community. Thirty-two members make up the Enfield Volunteer Fire Service Association and assist the community with fire prevention, emergency response and rescue operations.

For more information on the Learn Not to Burn Program visit www.gov.ns.ca/enla .

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Students and staff at Enfield District Elementary School and members of the Enfield Volunteer Fire Service Association were recognized today (March 26th) for excellence and commitment to fire safety.

Minister of Environment and Labour Mark Parent presented students Connor, Jacob and Kenton Gilby with plaques congratulating them for quick action and response during a fire at their Enfield home in December.

Minister of Education Karen Casey presented teachers Sonja Isenor and Angela Beaton with plaques to thank them for continued efforts to increase awareness among students about the importance of fire safety.

The fire safety education program Learn Not to Burn, which teaches fire safety behaviours to elementary school children, began at Enfield District Elementary in 1992.

The Enfield Fire Service Association was also honoured for commitment to fire service in its community.

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Janet Lynn McNeil
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Education 902-424-5432 Cell: 902-478-5526 E-mail: