Meet Canada’s ‘Coolest’ Fire Apparatus

This creative campaign aims to break the ice on the fire safety conversation.

Canada’s ‘Coolest’ Fire Truck debuts at Newmarket’s outdoor ice rink this season. Central York (Canada) Fire Services’ newest apparatus Zamboni Z429 stationed at Riverwalk Commons to clear ice and spark fire safety conversations. A BIG THANKS to @Knightworks1 for this amazing design, @Dependable_EV for the fire truck lights and the @NFPA for letting @Sparky_Fire_Dog be a part of this great public education initiative. @TownofNewmarket @ZamboniCompany #Zamboni

Newmarket, Ontario, Wednesday, November 17, 2020 – Central York Fire Services (CYFS) and the Town of Newmarket are excited to unveil the newest apparatus in the fire fleet – Z429 – a Zamboni, wrapped as a fire truck. The machine will be stationed at the outdoor rink at Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) to clear the ice all winter long. This creative campaign aims to break the ice on the fire safety conversation within each family and the wider community.

“Public education for fire safety is our number one priority which is why we’re excited to bring the ‘Coolest Fire Truck in Canada’ to Newmarket’s outdoor rink for the 2021-2022 season,” says Chief Ian Laing. “The pandemic restrictions have made it challenging to truly engage our community and keep fire safety top of mind while everyone is grappling with message overload. Adding Z429 to the fleet gives us an opportunity to meet people of all ages, where they are, in a safe and fun way to spark conversations about fire safety.”

While it’s clearing the ice, Z429 has one important message:

Don’t wait, plan your escape! Together as a family, it’s important to make an escape plan and practice it too. A planned and practiced escape plan can make a big difference in an emergency when every second counts. Make it a family activity and get everyone involved.

Here’s how to start planning your safe escape:

• Draw a floor plan or a map of your home. Mark two ways out of each room, if possible

• Pick a safe family meeting outside, somewhere the arriving fire truck can see you.

• Teach everyone that their priority is to get out and stay safe

• Teach kids how and when to call 9-1-1 (priority is always to get outside first)

• Practice. Practice. Practice.

CYFS works diligently to provide fire safety messaging throughout the year including door-to-door campaigns, online videos and attending community events.

The community can get a first glimpse of Z429, the Zamboni during its debut appearance at the Santa Claus Candy Cane Lane walk-thru holiday experience taking place on Saturday, November 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit Newmarket.ca/santa for complete event details.

Currently, Z429 is hard at work, alongside Town of Newmarket staff, making ice at Riverwalk Commons which is targeted to open on Saturday, November 20, pending weather conditions. Follow @TownofNewmarket for confirmation on opening timing.

The fire smart Zamboni features a celebrity guest – Sparky the Fire Dog who has been spreading fire safety messages on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for decades.

For more information about fire safety and to go over the Fire Safety Checklist visit cyfs.ca.

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