Caledon Fire and Emergency Services announced today the launch of the Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) in the Town of Caledon.
The VPR offers special assistance to residents with accessibility needs. Through the VPR, Caledon Fire will collect and provide valuable information to their centralized communications system. Fire responders will then receive information when responding to a call such as wheelchair use, visual or hearing impairments, or oxygen tank use within the house. With this knowledge, the responders will be better equipped to assist vulnerable residents in the event of an emergency. Information gathered through the VPR will also be shared with Caledon OPP. Fire Chief Terry Irwin, along with support from the Town’s Accessibility Committee and Caledon OPP, launched the campaign today at Council.
“The information stored in the registry will help dispatched fire and emergency personnel, including both Caledon Fire and Emergency Services and Caledon OPP, to respond accordingly and efficiently in cases of emergency,” said Chief Irwin. “I encourage you to take the time to register yourself, a friend or family member who could benefit from this service today.”
Citizens of Caledon with special needs who require assistance in the event of an emergency can register at http://www.caledon.ca/vpr Printed forms are also available at 6211 Old Church Road (Fire Headquarters).
Information shared with the Town of Caledon will be purged automatically on the anniversary date of registry to maintain up-to-date data. Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Individuals living in any type of registered social or supportive housing unit should contact the administration office of the housing complex in which they reside. All registered social and supportive housing residences will have an approved Emergency Evacuation Plan that contains personal information about individuals who require special care during emergency situations, and their information would therefore not need to be collected through the VPR Program.
For more information, read the “FAQ” on the website http://www.caledon.ca/vpr., or contact our Fire & Emergency Services Department at 905.584.2272 x. 4303.