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Terrasse-Vaudreuil inaugurates new fire station


JOHN JANTAK

Terrasse-Vaudreuil Mayor Michel Bourdeau; Louise Dicaire, daughter of the town’s former Fire Chief Gilles Dicaire; Fire Chief Stéphane Rozon and Assistant Fire Chief Sylvain Lalonde cut the ribbon to inaugurate the opening of the town’s new fire station on Monday, January 26.

Town officials, including firefighters from Île Perrot and several other Vaudreuil-Soulanges municipalities, were on hand for the official inauguration of Terrasse-Vaudreuil’s new fire station on Monday, January 26. After almost eight years in the planning stage, the ultra-modern state-of-the-art facility was built within seven months and completed under the projected budget cost of $1,375,000 that had been allocated for construction, said Mayor Michel Bourdeau.

“It’s wonderful,” Bourdeau told Your Local Journal. “Our new fire station will more than adequately meet the needs of our residents. It will also help us to continue to meet the needs within the mutual aid agreements we have with Île Perrot and Pincourt, and to give assistance to other municipalities whenever it’s required as well.”

A new station was desperately needed because the old one was outdated and unable to adequately serve the town and the department’s requirements, said Bourdeau. A new pumper truck had to be stored in the nearby municipal garage because it couldn’t fit in the old station. The new two-storey station has a surface area of 600 meters with room for three emergency vehicles, and boasts a kitchen, rest room facility with shower, laundry room, storage room, workshop, administrative offices, and a training facility that can accommodate up to 50 people for special events.

A large backup generator also ensures that the fire hall and emergency vehicles are always operational. Fire Chief Stéphane Rozon was elated. “It feels really good to be able to serve our population with a new fire station and I think everyone in our community is very happy with it,” said Rozon.

“One of our long-term goals has been to have a new fire station. It took a long time to realize it and now our firefighters finally have a new facility to call home.” Rozon, who has served the municipality as a firefighter for 27 years – 18 as fire chief – said the new station has a life expectancy of at least 50 years and was designed specifically to accommodate a third vehicle to meet future emergency and risk requirements.

As a tribute to the town’s former Fire Chief, Gilles Dicaire, the section that houses the emergency vehicles was named in his honour in recognition of his commitment to his profession, and for his unwavering, decades long service to the municipality. “We are pleased to immortalize the memory of Mr. Dicaire for his four decades of work and dedication to our community by proudly naming this room Salle Gilles Dicaire,” announced Bourdeau.

Dicaire’s daughter, Louise Dicaire, was present at the tribute and participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. A special benediction was also performed by Gilles Bergeron to bless the new fire station during the inauguration. Bergeron is the curate for both Église de Notre-Dame-de-Protection in Terrasse-Vaudreuil and Église Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Pincourt.

Residents are invited to visit the fire station during an open house as part of the town’s Terrasse…sur la glace winter carnival festivities at DonatBouthillier Park this Saturday, January 31. The station is located at 90, 7th Avenue, directly across the street from the park.

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