• Jules-Pierre Malartre

Rigaud welcomes new Fire Hall


PHOTO BY JULES-PIERRE MALARTRE

(Left to right): Liberal MNA Lucie Charlebois, Rigaud Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. and Fire Chief Benoit Jetté during the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new fire hall.

The Town of Rigaud held inauguration ceremonies for its new fire hall September 18, accompanied by Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living, on behalf of the Minister of Public Security, Martin Coiteux. Other local political and public service figures attended, including MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges Prefect Jean A. Lalonde, Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal, and several Rigaud Councillors and employees.

The new fire hall located on rue Jules-A.-Desjardins at the western end of Rigaud replaces the previous installation on Chemin J.-René-Gauthier that had been in service since 1992. The 14,000 square-foot structure built on two levels was designed to meet the requirements of the town’s fire safety plan and incorporate an eight-door garage, administrative and storage areas, a multipurpose room and a kitchen.

Firefighting Director Benoit Jetté took to the podium to recite a brief history of the Rigaud firefighting service. Jetté thanked Charlebois for her involvement in the project and the grant received from the provincial government. “I want to thank the Mayor (Hans Gruenwald Jr.) and all the councillors who had faith in us,” he said. “This is a project that started 20 years ago, and we see the results today.”

Charlebois said the new fire hall was of particular importance. “This new municipal building serves to ensure not only the safety and wellbeing of the residents, but also of the firefighters, because there are needs that must be met for both the population and the people who offer those services.” Charlebois added the provincial government had contributed $1.5 million to the project in line with the Liberal Government’s goal of transforming Quebec.

Mayor Gruenwald took to the podium and underlined Jetté’s important contribution in getting this project underway. “We consulted the strategic development plan, and we quickly came to the conclusion that we needed a new fire hall,” Gruenwald said. He thanked Jetté for his perseverance in getting that project through.

Gruenwald also mentioned the contribution of the previous administration under the leadership of former Mayor Réal Brazeau to the realization of this project. “This project was started under the administration of Réal Brazeau. His team put in place the foundation for this new fire hall. They did all the work that was needed to secure a significant grant,” Gruenwald added. He thanked both Brazeau, who could not be there due to another commitment, and Charlebois for their efforts in getting this project off the ground.

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