Rama Fire Rescue Service Leads Ontario in Seatbelt Safety Initiative

By Cathy Edney

Rama Fire Rescue Service announced their commitment to an international safety pledge and is urging all fire services in Ontario to join them.

Rama Fire Rescue Service is challenging fire services to join them in taking an International Seatbelt Pledge, an initiative which will bring more firefighters home to their loved ones every day. Rama is the only service in Ontario to receive a 100% compliant certificate from the National Fallen Fighters Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home ® Program.

Spearheaded in Rama by Fire Training Officer, Alan Brody, the seat belt pledge was initiated by a fire service in the United States after a member of their company lost his life in a traffic accident during an emergency call. This initiative is supported by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal, Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the U.S. Fire Administration, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the U.S. National Volunteer Fire Council and the U.S. National Fire Protection Association.

“A real safety culture has been developed and embraced by our members over the past few years,” said Rama Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “Statistics prove that seat belts save lives and prevent serious injuries. Every person within our service has signed the pledge including our service technician’s from outside of the department.”

Rama Fire Rescue Service launched the challenge on November 25,2008. They were joined by a number of regional fire and emergency services representatives in taking the pledge.

Our goal is to promote a safety culture so that everyone goes home safe. Rama Fire Rescue Service reminds everyone that buckling up is an essential practise for all drivers.

Chief and Council commend the Rama Fire Rescue Service for their efforts in taking this important safety message forward.

Alan Brody, Rama Training Officer, initiated the program

Chief Sharon Stinson Henry, Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst and Training Officer Alan Brody

Larry Beechey, Deputy Commissioner, OPP, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support

Rama Firefighter Joe Valliere and his daughter Page drive the message home.