Response from l’Île-Perrot over NDIP’s fire safety concerns
PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE L’ÎLE-PERROT
The Ville de l’Île-Perrot says it’s studying options available to meet the growing firefighting needs of the island’s residents and that it will continue to honour its commitment to provide services to neighbouring Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (NDIP).
Following The Journal's cover story ‘NDIP ready to fight fire’ in the April 18 edition, the the Ville de l’Île-Perrot issued the following communiqué:
Contrary to what has been said, L'Île-Perrot Fire Safety Service meets the requirements of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges Risk Coverage Plan. Also, the populations served are assured of quality service that protects their safety.
If the Fire Station of the City of L'Île-Perrot is actually aging, it remains perfectly fit to meet current needs. No notice of non-compliance has been issued against it and the health and safety of the firefighters remains a priority for the municipality. Moreover, contrary to what could have been announced, no expert has made a request to visit the building to make a relevant assessment.
Mayor Pierre Séguin indicates that, "We are aware that needs and requirements are increasing. It is why we want to study all the options that could respond to this normal evolution. Does this include a sharing of responsibilities with partners, a complete new building, or a combination of both? That's what we want to examine.
We have to work in the interest of our citizens, always offering them the best service and the greatest security while considering the city's ability to pay. In fact, just like many municipalities in Quebec and elsewhere in North America, Île-Perrot faces significant challenges in renovating its infrastructure. The different programs from the Quebec and Ottawa governments reflect these issues which, despite this, remain very expensive.
The fire station is owned and operated by the municipality of L'Île-Perrot. Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot (NDIP) is the client until 2021.
"We understand that, in the current context, we could not agree to demolish our barracks to build a new one in another municipality. It would be nonsense to move from owner to customer with additional financial losses. That's what we wanted to express when the merger was discussed. In the same city, the sharing of responsibilities and requirements is clearly different. It is not a question of negotiation; it is a question of responsible governance. That said, we will vigilantly honor our commitment to our client, the city of Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot,” said Mayor Séguin.
Open to discussion
Finally, it is interesting to note that all stakeholders, including the Mayor of NDIP, a client of L'Île-Perrot fire department, are satisfied with the work of this service and the firefighters. “We will be always open to discussion to find the best possible solutions for all of our citizens,” concluded Mayor Séguin.