Pincourt fire station open house draws families and a visit from minister, MNA
PHOTO BY ANDREW BELDING
Along with information for families, firefighters gave out plastic firefighter hats and colouring books to children. People could put their names in a draw for first aid kits.
An October 15 open house at the Pincourt fire station not only drew plenty of families but also a quick visit from Nelligan MNA Martin Coiteux, who is Quebec’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and the minister responsible for the Montréal region. Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols joined Coiteux as Pincourt Fire Chief Yanick Bernier, along with representatives from town council and management, took them on a guided tour of the fire station and its environs.
During their tour, Coiteux and Nichols learned how the fire department’s team works, the firefighters’ sense of solidarity and about their professional training, which includes specialized training for such scenarios as white water and ice, confined spaces, extractions and as first responders.
The group stopped to chat with Julie Bélanger, Pincourt’s only female firefighter, who with Pincourt firefighter Jonathan Syms recently received “Cœur de la survie” pins as they were honoured for their excellent work as first responders on July 13, 2015 when they saved the life of a 43-year-old woman suffering a cardiopulmonary arrest.
For locals, the open house offered plenty of ways for families to learn about the work of firefighters, get information and fire prevention tips, or simply have fun.
“It’s pretty cool to see what firefighters do,” said Île-Perrot resident Nancy O’Donnell, who brought her daughter to the open house.
“I’m already CPR certified,” said O’Donnell, adding that her eight-year-old daughter recently did her certification for the Hero in 30 CPR course.
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