Ville de Montréal - Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal

Ville de Montréal - Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal

May 16, 2006 15:00 ET

Sécurité Incendie de Montréal opens its training centre to the media

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) - Claude Dauphin, Vice President, Executive Committee, responsible for Public Security and Governmental Affairs, and Serge Tremblay, Fire Chief, Securite Incendie de Montreal (SIM), proudly welcomed members of the media today to SIM's Centre de formation, located at 6700 Notre-Dame Street East, for a fire fighting awareness day.

Journalists played apprentice fire fighters for the occasion, donning protective clothing (bunkers) and listening attentively during a training session from SIM instructors before beginning the exercises. As part of the program, media representatives participated in various exercises designed especially for them: fire simulation, high-altitude rescue, rescue in a confined space and demonstration of an extrication operation. A guided tour of the Centre de formation was also on the schedule.

Claude Dauphin explained the importance of a unified fire department in providing the population with maximum benefits. "Our administration wants to provide Montrealers with the best global risk management service in North America. Montreal fire fighters aim for excellence in their work and high-performance training," declared Mr Dauphin, who is also Chairman of the Public Security Commission.

Serge Tremblay underscored the importance of this new initiative, which is particularly aimed at reminding Montrealers of fire fighters' front-line role in our community. "The criteria to become a fire fighter are higher in Montreal than elsewhere. First, a year of specialized training recognized by the Ministere de la Securite publique (Public Security Ministry) is required, followed by a two-year college course in prevention and intervention, in addition to physical aptitude tests. As citizens are always the focus of our concern, I can assure you that our fire fighters undergo ongoing training to meet the demands of the job," declared Serge Tremblay at the kick-off of the day.

Fire safety is a top priority for the City of Montreal. A day such as this, with the participation of some twenty journalists, helps make the media and the public aware of the essential work performed by fire fighters every day, and leads to a greater recognition and appreciation of its true value.




SOME NUMBERS FOR 2005

- 2300 fire fighters
- 400 administrative employees
- 66 fire stations
- 6 administrative centres
- 500 fire fighters on duty at all times
- 142 intervention vehicles in service
- Annual budget: $278.312 million

- 51,085 calls in 2005 :
- 1,637 building fires
- 3,077 first responder
- 9,033 other fires
- 35,317 other (gas leaks, dangerous walls, special rescue)
- 2,021 cancellations or false alarms

Contact Information

  • Louise M. Tremblay
    Communications and Media Relations Department
    Securite incendie de Montreal
    (514) 872-7687