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VIDEO: Support Sprinklers for Rural Ontarians: Wilson

(December 4, 2014) Sprinkler systems in rural homes would improve public safety, and the ability of rural firefighters to do their jobs successfully, Ontario PC Interim Leader Jim Wilson said today.

Wilson raised the issue in Question Period on behalf of Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin of the Essa Fire Department. Chief Tustin is one of Ontario's leading voices supporting the Rural Residential Sprinkler Campaign.

The Campaign builds on other practical and responsible public safety measures previously adopted by the Ontario Legislature, including requirements for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

"Rural firefighters face several different challenges including, longer travel times over greater distances, and the need to bring their own water supply to put out fires, Wilson added.

The Simcoe-Grey MPP, who represents the Township of Essa, asked the Minister of Community and Correctional Services Yasir Naqvi "to consider Chief Tustin's request to help reduce costs for rural Ontarians who want to install sprinklers in their homes on a voluntary basis."

Chief Tustin has raised the possibility of establishing a tax credit - or some other incentive - to encourage people living in rural areas to install a fire sprinkler system in their home.

Such incentives could be similar to existing tax credits to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient.

MPP Wilson concluded "On behalf of rural residents and their brave local firefighters - will the government take steps to reduce costs for rural Ontarians to install sprinklers?

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