Administration, students and staff in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board are being recognized for their excellence in fire safety management and planning. The board is the 2006 recipient of the Fire Marshal’s Partner Award. The award is given each year to the school board that best meets its responsibility to ensure fire safety in schools. Deputy fire marshals and representatives of the Department of Education evaluated fire safety plans for 10 schools in each school board throughout the province. An inspection of the school and grounds was also conducted as part of the fire safety audit process. “I want to congratulate the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for its continued commitment to fire safety,” said Nova Scotia fire marshal Bob Cormier. “The school inspection and review of the fire safety plans showed a high degree of knowledge and preparedness by all schools in the board.” Mr. Cormier also congratulated the other school boards in the province for their increased awareness of fire safety procedures, their efforts to keep exits and hallways clear at all times and the reduction of combustible material on walls in schools. Mr. Cormier presented the award today, Sept. 25, to the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board at the annual school boards’ safety conference in Truro. “I am very proud of how the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and its schools are instilling a sense of fire safety in its staff and students,” said Mike Sweeney, senior executive director of public schools with the Department of Education. “These are potentially life-saving lessons.” The Nova Scotia school system is a leader in fire safety management and planning. All schools are required by law to have a comprehensive fire safety plan in place. Routine inspections of schools in the province are conducted.