Woman honoured for quick thinking during fire

Laurie Thomson receives certificate from Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.

  • May. 5, 2013 5:00 a.m.
Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer (left) and Lt. Ted Main present Laurie Thomson with her certificate.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer (left) and Lt. Ted Main present Laurie Thomson with her certificate.

Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) has honoured a woman for her quick thinking in putting out a fire at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Gladys Avenue.

Laurie Thomson was a customer at the store on the afternoon of April 19, when a malfunctioning appliance overheated and caught fire at the back of the shop.

Thomson quickly grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher and put out the fire.

She had previously been shown how to use the equipment during a training session put on by AFRS’ public education division at her workplace.

Thomson was invited to Fire Hall 1 on George Ferguson Way on Friday, when she received a certificate of recognition from Fire Chief Don Beer and Lt. Ted Main.

Helmer reminded residents that a fire extinguisher when used correctly can control a fire if you remember these steps:

• Call 911 and warn the people around you that there is a fire.

• Ensure the fire is still small and that you keep yourself safe.

• Know how to use the extinguisher, use the PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep) method.

• Keep a clear exit path in case the fire doesn’t go out.