City: Efforts continue to ensure safety of residents at Fairfield Manor

A sign was posted at Fairfield Manor East on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, indicating the facility is on fire watch. Photo by Cris Vilela.

Kingston Fire and Rescue is continuing to monitor the saf3ty of residents at the Fairfield Manor East location.

The retirement residence is privately owned by Q & Sons Management Inc., who are not speaking to the media at this time. The same company owns Fairfield Manor West, which was ordered closed by the Kingston Fire Marshall on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The Fairfield East location has remained on 24 hour fire watch since then.

Kingston Fire and Rescue is working closely with the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to ensure that the health care needs of residents are met, and “associated staff required at the retirement home are on site,” according to a press release from the City of Kingston.

“It has been confirmed that food services, at the privately owned facility, are in place,” the press release reads. As of yesterday, the facility had failed to deliver five meals to the residents at Fairfield East over the course of the last four to five days, according to friends of current residents.

The South East LHIN has been making efforts to assist residents in finding other living arrangements since last week, the City said. All residents at the West location have been successfully relocated, and “approximately 23 remain at the facility’s east location.”

The owner of Fairfield Manor Retirement Residence was charged with failing to comply with Ontario Fire Code safety regulations for residents that are vulnerable occupants on Friday, Aug. 31.

“We continue to lack confidence in the owner’s ability to maintain required staffing resources for safe occupancy of the vulnerable residents,” said Kevin Donaldson, deputy chief of Kingston Fire and Rescue.

“We are working closely with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office to ensure continued and sustained fire safety of all occupants.”

According to the City, fire inspectors continue to work with the owner of Fairfield Manor to ensure compliance with legislative requirements under the Ontario Fire Code.

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