Message from the fire chief

Erie Media is reprinting a letter from Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Tom Cartwright in light on the most recent fire in the city

Message from the fire chief

The start of 2017 has continued to be very busy times for our Fire Department. Since January 1, 2017 until January 20, 2017, we have responded to a total of 72 calls.

Unfortunately, on two occasions, homes were destroyed or damaged by fires; on one occasion, there were working smoke alarms. The second fire occurred on Thursday, January 19. If it had not been for two alert citizens, this fire could have resulted in another death.

Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services Fire Chief Tom Cartwright is saying residents need to be more fire safe.

They were in the area and smelt smoke. They located the fire, called 911 and then were able to alert the occupant and assist him in getting out of the home.

There were no working smoke alarms. Time and time again this happens. Charges are going to be laid and significant penalties will be sought.

I am at a loss as to why we are not taking fire safety seriously. How many more deaths or near misses will it take. As Fire Chief for our City, I cannot emphasize enough that everyone lead a fire safe life.

Your lives and the lives of your loved ones depend on it. We are willing to assist you in any way we can. Call us 905-834-4512.

As emergency responders, we need you to assist is. Our loves are also put at risk every time we go to calls such as these.

Thomas B. Cartwright
City Fire Chief