Mr. Speaker, on behalf of my party I would like to join my colleagues and add our support for fire fighters and echo their words.
In the constituency I represent, Edmonton Southwest, fire fighters have been long time supporters of the burn unit at the University of Alberta hospital. Fire fighters are involved in the community far beyond their day to day jobs as firemen. Very often we will find that the stalwarts in communities, particularly smaller communities, are volunteer fire fighters, really the backbone of the community.
Earlier speakers suggested that this week we are paying particular attention to fire and the ravages of fire to us as individuals. It is well now to recall once a year that each home should have a fire evacuation plan. Just as we have fire drills right in the House of Commons and in our places of business, places of worship and schools, every home should have a fire drill.
We in this House have the opportunity to do something real when it comes to fire fighters. That is to support the motion that will be coming up by the member for Burnaby-Kingsway, Motion No. 241, which is to put into Canada operation respond, a computerized data base of hazardous materials that would improve safety for fire fighters and help save lives and property.
That will be debated at 5.30 p.m. on October 10 in this House. It has been supported by members of all parties on an individual basis. I would ask all members to consider supporting this when it comes to the House and for the co-operation of the Minister of Transport.