Pincourt fire and emergency personnel honoured at special ceremony
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Th e Town of Pincourt honoured its Emergency and Fire Protection Service personnel during a
press conference and special tribute for receiving a provincial ‘Mérite’ award in the Response to
Disasters category for its innovative mobile breathable air supply unit.
The Town of Pincourt honoured its Emergency and Fire Protection Service personnel for receiving a provincial ‘Mérite’ award in the Response to Disasters category for its innovative mobile breathing air supply unit, during a press conference and special tribute held at the Omni-Centre on Tuesday, March 10.
The award was presented to the town at the 19th Mérite québécois de la sécurité civile et incendie award ceremony that was held at the Quebec City Convention Centre during a symposium on fire and civil protection on February 17. Launched in 2010, the $80,000 air supply unit project is a first for Pincourt and the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) Vaudreuil-Soulanges region.
The mobile unit provides for greater operational continuity during emergency response scenarios by providing fire fighters with a continuous supply of fully charged oxygen tanks. In the past, when a major fire erupted, fire chiefs were forced to send fire fighters back to their respective fire station to retrieve oxygen cylinders.
The mobile unit provides full recharged cylinders that are easily accessible at the scene of an emergency which enables firefighting personnel to remain on-site. A large tarp is placed on the ground and divided into two sections for full and empty cylinders. Dedicated personnel are in charge of refilling the empty cylinders and bringing the replenished tanks to fire fighters.
Empty cylinders are returned to be refilled. Mayor Yvan Cardinal said he is proud of his emergency personnel for creating the innovative process.
“We are proud to support and encourage employee initiatives, especially since this mobile unit will ensure the safety of fire fighters and residents in Pincourt and other municipalities in the MRC,” said Cardinal. The MRC’s mutual aid agreement means that the mobile air supply unit will service 16 fire departments across the region and help to protect the 23 municipalities that comprise the MRC. “At a time when we are working hard to improve coordination between our local fire security services, the Town of Pincourt has opted for a proactive approach. I welcome this approach and hope it will encourage other municipalities to do the same,” said MRC Chairman of the Fire Prevention and Civil Protection Committees and mayor of Rivière-Beaudette, Patrick Bousez.
Pincourt Fire Chief Yannick Bernier said he was proud of his emergency and fire personnel for creating an innovative process to help the town’s and neighbouring municipality’s fire fighters. “It’s a very special award,” said Bernier. “We can now provide a continuous supply of fully replenished oxygen cylinders to all the fire fighters throughout the MRC 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Four Pincourt Emergency Services personnel were also honoured for their dedicated service to the community – Marcel Séguin was recognized for 40 years of service, Gilbert Daoust and André Lamarre for their respective 30 years of service each, and Marcel Lamoureux for 20 years of service.
It was also announced during the council meeting following the emergency personnel tribute that Pincourt will spend about $400,000 to purchase a new pumper truck for the town’s fire department.
“It’s a new, used 2008 unit,” said Town Manager Michel Perrier. “It was used as a demonstrator. It has mileage on it but it has almost no hours in terms of service, so it’s basically almost brand new. It was a good deal because a new one would have cost close to $1 million.”