As Emergency Preparedness Week winds down across Canada I believe it’s important for everyone to take a moment to thank someone involved in emergency services and emergency preparedness, especially those who volunteer their time. It is because of these fine individuals and their sense of dedication that all of us are safer where we live, play and work each day.
I salute everyone involved in Cote Saint-Luc’s Public Safety Department starting with our volunteers. These folks who give so much of themselves within EMS and vCOP are terrific in so many ways. Without salary, they show up for their shifts, rain or shine, heat wave or deep freeze. They do continuous training and provide extra coverage at special events, all to ensure our safety. They respond when called upon and are always at the ready. Thanks so much to all of you.
Our CSL Public Security agents patrol our streets 24/7. They are friendly and helpful professionals here to maintain order within our city, to educate our residents and visitors and to help when help is needed. They enforce our bylaws to ensure our neighbourhoods are clean and orderly. Merci a tous l’équipe pour vos efforts remarcable.
Our emergency communications staff, also known as dispatchers, must answer all the phone calls and send the right resources, quickly and professionally. They juggle phones, Urgences Santé and EMS radio systems, computer-aided dispatch screens and more. Thanks to them for keeping calm under pressure and for their polite and helpful interactions with residents.
Our team is headed by Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Jerome Pontbriand. Jordy oversees the entire operation of 150 volunteers and some 20 staff members. He also plans for wide scale emergencies. Jordy deals with residents and partner agencies and plans strategically to keep our city safe.
Jerome works directly with our volunteers in vCOP and EMS. He helps to bring them ongoing training and improvement to help them meet the challenges of servicing our city. Jerome is a seasoned paramedic who makes sure you get a first responder fast when you need one.
Both Jordy and Jerome are committed emergency professionals, dedicated to the safety and security of all Cote Saint-Lucers as well as those working and visiting here. YOu may even bump into one of them on a 911 call.
So please be sure to salute our emergency responders that are in and around Cote Saint-Luc (and all across our country). In addition to those solely in our city I mentioned above, there are also Montreal police officers and firefighters and CP Rail police. You’ll occasionally see the RCMP here as well. And of course there are the paramedics of Urgences Santé, responding to all of our medical 911 calls. Please thanks them for all they do to keep us safe and secure, for answering our calls, for being ready when we need them most.