Toronto, Ont., August 20, 2002 – The Town of Oakville has won a Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards Plaque in recognition of its Interactive Training CD for All Emergency Services Personnel.
Local Deputy Fire Chiefs, an EMS Manager and a Halton Regional Police representative accepted the award on behalf of the Town at the recent annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).  Also in attendance were five students from Sheridan College’s Interactive Multimedia Post-Graduate program who helped create the CD.

“The Marshall Awards are an excellent showcase for one of the long-standing traditions of municipal governments – learning from one another by building and expanding on ideas that will provide better service to our communities.” said Patrick Moyle, Executive Director of AMO.  “This year’s award recipients demonstrate leadership and creativity in the projects they have undertaken projects and their communities are already seeing real benefits.”

Oakville’s Training CD was an effective partnership between not only the municipal emergency service personnel (fire, police and ambulance) but also with local students.  The two-hour CD features four live-action video scenarios designed to demonstrate the value of team work, understanding roles and responsibilities and effective communications. In addition, a website has been established that will be accessible to all emergency personnel in North America to which they can submit their own “lessons learned.”

The Marshall Awards is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.

Three municipalities were Plaque Recipients of the 2002 Marshall Awards. The Awards are sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, and the Canada Council for Public-Private Partnerships. 

AMO is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario’s population.  The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. 

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