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Winnipeg firefighter among finalists for prestigious IAFC Award


December 11, 2007
By The Canadian Press

Sept 14, 2007 - WINNIPEG - Shane Ferguson, a member of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, has been selected as one of seven finalists by the International Association of Fire Chiefs for its Fire Service Award for Excellence. Ferguson is being recognized for his work in creating "Staying Alive," a comprehensive fire safety program for children. Fire & Paramedic Chief Wes Shoemaker and Firefighter Ferguson will be at the IAFC Conference in Dallas, Texas, where the final award winner will be announced on Thursday evening, Sept. 14, 2006.

WINNIPEG – Shane Ferguson, a member of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service,
has been selected as one of seven finalists by the International
Association of Fire Chiefs for its Fire Service Award for Excellence.
Ferguson is being recognized for his work in creating “Staying Alive,”
a comprehensive fire safety program for children. Fire & Paramedic
Chief Wes Shoemaker and Firefighter Ferguson will be at the IAFC
Conference in Dallas, Texas, where the final award winner will be
announced on Thursday evening, Sept. 14, 2006.

“I feel very
fortunate,” said Ferguson. “I’ve had a lot of good people to help me
along the way. A lot of firefighters in Winnipeg have been involved in
this program, and I’m representing them. It is an honour, and it shows
the passion that comes out of our Service.”

Ferguson began
working on “Staying Alive” in 1998 following the tragic death of a
five-year-old girl in a house fire in Winnipeg. The program consists of
an interactive web site, the Great Escape fire safety game for
children, as well as an extensive fire safety teaching curriculum
designed for use by firefighters and educators. Over 100,000 Great
Escape interactive CDs have been distributed and the program can now be
found in 32 countries around the world.

“Shane has committed
himself to promoting fire safety in children, and the Staying Alive
Program has been tremendously successful because of his tireless
efforts,” said Shoemaker, who nominated Ferguson for this prestigious
award. “This program is an innovative and highly effective way to teach
children the hazards of fire, the importance of home escape planning,
and other fire safe behaviours that will protect them for a lifetime.
It is an honour for me to be among colleagues in Dallas with such an
outstanding firefighter.”

Co-sponsored by United States Safety
Fire Technologies, the Fire Service Award for Excellence recognizes
innovations and achievements in managing resources to reduce the loss
of life and property from fire and other emergencies.

For more information on “Staying Alive” or to request a free copy of the game visit www.stayingalive.ca.