New fire station planned for Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE L’ÎLE-PERROT
The growing town of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot which had always used the fire protection services of neighbouring municipalities like Île-Perrot, above, is planning to build its own fire station in the next two years.
After years of using shared resources from neighbouring communities, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot will be getting its own fire station. A special resolution was passed by city council on Monday, March 25, to hire an independent expert to conduct a fire safety analysis in the territory.
The analysis is being conducted by Gordon Routley, an engineer who specializes in fire service management and risk coverage development. His background includes working as a fire protection consultant for both Montreal and Quebec City and he has also held the positions of Division Head and Assistant Director for the Montreal fire department.
Always a priority
Mayor Danie Deschênes said having a fire station for Notre-Dame has always been priority for the city. Now that the population exceeds 11,000 residents, the project has taken a new sense of urgency as residential construction continues and more people move into the community.
“It was always important. We’ve expanded in the last few years which really became an issue regarding response time. The council and I have decided we have to go ahead with the project,” Deschênes told The Journal during a telephone interview on April 1.
“For our council, it’s essential to provide optimal fire safety services to ensure the protection of our residents and their property,” Deschênes added. Notre-Dame receives its main fire protection services from the neighbouring municipality of Île-Perrot under a mutual aid agreement between the two cities. It also receives additional assistance from Pincourt and Terrasse-Vaudreuil when necessary.
Three current challenges
While Deschênes has no complaints about the quality of service it receives from Île-Perrot, she said Notre-Dame faces three challenges. “The location of the fire station is far away. We’ve had many new houses built at the end of the island and the response time is really problematic. Some response times are way over 20 minutes and even 30 minutes,” she said.
“The second point is that the location of their fire station is wrong. It’s in the middle of a traffic area (on Boulevard Perrot) and it shares their parking lot with many activities. There’s a big baseball park, the city hall, and library in the same area as the fire station. The third challenge is that the Île-Perrot fire station is small and old,” said Deschênes.
$250,000 set aside
While the exact location has not yet been determined, Deschênes said the fire station would be located somewhere along Boulevard Don-Quichotte or on Rue Forest. “It’s crucial we move ahead with the project and we are. Notre-Dame has put aside $250,000 in this year’s budget to provide for the fire station. It means we’re serious,” she said.
The mayor isn’t certain when construction would begin. “We’ll follow the process very closely. It’s one of our priorities. I think within two years we’ll be building it or it will have already been built,” said Deschênes.
The first phase of the study which will determine the area, but not specific location of the fire station, will be completed by April 18. The second phase will determine the fire station’s infrastructure, equipment, and personnel. This will enable council to make the right decisions, in partnership with neighbouring cities, in order to optimally serve the territory and ensure the protection of the entire population.