Brokerage donates fire safety house

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At the Fire Safety House presentation, from left: Fire Chief John deHooge, Waterloo Fire Rescue; Peter Benninger, president and broker of record, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty; Peter Kritz, operations manager, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty; and Fire Chief Tim Beckett, Kitchener Fire Department. (Photo courtesy of Tomasz Adamski Photography)
At the Fire Safety House presentation, from left: Fire Chief John deHooge, Waterloo Fire Rescue; Peter Benninger, president and broker of record, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty; Peter Kritz, operations manager, Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty; and Fire Chief Tim Beckett, Kitchener Fire Department. (Photo courtesy of Tomasz Adamski Photography)

Recently Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty presented a new educational Fire Safety House to the Waterloo and Kitchener Fire Departments.

The 38-foot Fire Safety House is built to mimic the inside of a residence including bedroom, kitchen and living area. Visitors to the house will learn how to react to simulated emergency situations including fire with imitation smoke, severe storms complete with TV warnings, lightning effects and roaring thunder as well as tornado and carbon monoxide crises. The unit has the capacity for approximately 30 students, depending on age, and because of its multiple room concept, is able to run two separate teaching programs simultaneously.

It’s the second generation of the unit. The original house was used for more than 100,000 students at schools, malls and the Children’s Safety Village between 1993 and 2008.

Peter Benninger, president and broker of record for Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty, has been recognized for using his personal and professional influence to move the importance of fire safety to the forefront.

“During a high stress incident, panic can take over making it difficult to calmly assess the situation and make the right choices,” says Benninger. “The hands on, realistic training provided in the Fire Safety House gives individuals the knowledge, experience and confidence to quickly evaluate dangers and make practical decisions based on techniques taught to them by a fire safety professional.” 

The company has published seven editions of the Kitchener Waterloo Street Map and Service Guide to help fund the Fire Safety Houses and accompanying van, as well as two training vehicles used by fire safety officers to carry equipment to and from their public education and awareness events. Proceeds have also been used to supply two portable fire extinguisher training units to the Kitchener and Waterloo Fire Departments and create the Kitchen Fire Simulator, a visually stunning simulator that is used for live demonstrations throughout the region.

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