October 19, 2016
September 9, 2016
For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) smoke detector brigade are ringing door bells and offering to check smoke detectors and replacing dead batteries where needed.
The smoke detector brigade recently completed the south-east corner of the city including Borden, Randall, Alpine and Pinedale Avenues and surrounding east-west streets. It is now moving on to David Lewis and surrounding streets near the Décarie Square area.
“Smoke detectors save lives by warning people of possible fires in a home, but they can only do the job if they are working,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Too many deaths occur that could have been prevented if the house was equipped with a working smoke detector.”
This initiative is done in partnership with the Montreal fire department. Smoke detector brigade volunteers will be wearing vCOP uniforms and carry a photo ID. If you are not home when they visit, they will leave a notice with information on how to schedule a visit. This is a free service.
“Once again, our vCOP teams are providing another level of preventative safety to residents,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is the council member responsible for vCOP. “Whether they are checking smoke detectors, spotting garage doors left open, or watching out for homes of vacationers, our vCOP volunteers are helping Côte Saint-Luc remain one of the safest cities on the island.”
Côte Saint-Luc has a long history of fire prevention, including By-law 1556 requires smoke detectors in all new homes and buildings, which was adopted in 1977.
August 30, 2016
UPDATED Aug. 30, 2016 22:20
A ruptured natural gas line disrupted a normal, quiet afternoon in Cote Saint-Luc today. Just before 5:00 P.M. calls started coming in from residents in the area of Parkhaven and Kildare about the smell of gas. I was passing the intersection of Cavendish and Kildare at 5:00 P.M. and noticed the distinct rotten-egg sulfuric smell. Emergency services were called and began arriving moments later.
Cote Saint-Luc Public Safety Director was one of the first on scene and quickly dispatched his Public Security agents to close off the area and evacuate residents within close proximity to the construction site at Kildare and Parkhaven.
CSL volunteer Citizens on Patrol was also activated and several teams quickly responded to assist in securing a perimeter to safeguard the immediate sector for several responding Montreal Fire Department vehicles. Police services also responded along with an Urgences Santé supervisor and CSL Emergency Medical Services. Within a short while Gaz Met crews also showed up on scene to assess the situation. Hydro Quebec emergency crews showed up and began cutting power to the immediate area and as far west as Blossom Ave.
By 6:30 P.M. I saw some fire crews leaving the area. By 7:30 P.M. some power was returning to the outer perimeter.
At 9:30 P.M. Gaz Met capped the leak and the fire department has begun house to house inspections. Once complete the road will be reopened and Hydro Quebec crews will be able to restore power.
As of 10:20 P.M. all power and water are reported to have been restored.
CSL personnel and senior management were on scene coordinating local services and assessing damage. Mayor Mitchell Brownstein was in constant contact with staff. City Manager Nadia Di Furia and Assistant Manager Jonathan Shecter remain on scene as of this posting to coordinate with Reichson. Joining them are Urban Development Director Charles Senekal and Manager Mohammed Ali. These two engineers know every inch of the city and are extremely helpful in this situation in organizing the response for underground services such as water supply. As work crews will begin digging up the road this evening, Senekal and Ali will work with water engineering company Sima, to minimize any disruption. While some local streets may have their water cut, PS and vCOP will begin distribution of bottled water, as per our emergency procedures.
“We have a fantastic team and I am proud to be standing here with them,” City Manager Di Furia stated.
Councillor Sidney Benizri, who lives a few houses away from the scene provided the pictures in this blog post.”It looks like tonight we need to be patient. All the teams are at work here and they’ve handled the situation very professionally,” said Benizri, who is still without power as of this posting.
Councillor Dida Berku reported that the Cavendish Mall food court was packed due to the power outage.
Many thanks to Director Reichson, Public Security agents, senior management, and all emergency personnel from Montreal, Gaz Met and Hydro Quebec for quickly bringing the situation under control and keeping our residents safe.
As Cote Saint-Lucers we are truly fortunate to have a dedicated staff and a city council so committed to our residents. Each city councillor gets involved side by side with our members of staff to ensure our residents are safe and sound. Tonight was no exception as mayor and councillors immediately began emailing, texting and calling to check on the situation and to receive frequent updates.
August 9, 2016
June 10, 2016
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Emergency service leaders, city service directors, elected officials and community partners ‘raced’ to Cote Saint-Luc City Hall’s Emergency Operations Centre Thursday morning for a mock rail disaster. The exercise was coordinated by Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson in conjunction with Montreal Agglomeration’s Public Safety Centre.
The live action exercise included Montreal agglomeration police and fire services, Urgences Santé ambulance services, CP Police, West-Central Montreal Health, Federation CJA’s community security branch along with all services in the city of CSL.
The scenario involved an overnight train derailment that resulted in a fire and explosion, just east of the Westminster underpass, affecting 250 residents requiring immediate evacuation. Water and electricity was cut off. City personnel established an evacuation centre at the aquatic and community centre on Parkhaven at Mackle. Reichson gave orders to all service directors to huddle and coordinate with their first responders and personnel.
As city councillor responsible for emergency preparedness I can attest that it is evident why CSL is renowned for its level of readiness. The ongoing training, testing and preparing are well worth the investment in time and resources.
In this mock scenario I served as official spokesperson for the city in partnership with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and neighboring municipalities and boroughs. A mock press conference was set up to inform our residents.
Several issues arose for the members of the Emergency Operations Centre to deal with on an urgent basis including diminished air quality, wind direction, sheltering of animals, providing kosher and non-kosher food, evacuation of mobility reduced residents and babies, registering residents willing to take in evacuees, distribution of drinking water and more.
Participants dealt with a spreading power outage affecting the whole city. Traffic lights were out. Expectations were two days to restore all to normal.
The three hour scenario demonstrated the participant’s ease in dealing with unraveling urgent situations and in collaborating around the table to ensure the safety of our residents. Discussions, swinging back and forth effortlessly in French and English, flowed smoothly and in a spirit if great cooperation.
Cote Saint-Luc residents can take pride in knowing that their emergency, city and community services along with mayor and councillors hold these exercises from time to time and place such a high priority in testing their skills and readiness. Through these exercises improvements and adjustments can be made, professional skills developed and relationships enhanced to be well prepared for the real deal.
On behalf of our residents, thank you to our dedicated leaders around the tabletop mock disaster. Your commitment to emergency services and to our residents and community is exemplary and greatly appreciated. Thank you to Sid-Ali Talbi of Centre de sécurité civile de Montréal and CSL Public Safety Chief Philippe Chateauvert and kudos to Jordy Reichson for his leadership in orchestrating a successful demonstration and return to normalcy for our city.
Councillor Ruth Kovac and I have been involved in emergency preparedness in Cote Saint-Luc for 36 years. I was involved in EMO in the 1987 floods and we both participated in leading city services in the 1998 Ice Storm and in preparation for Y2K. We’ve taken part in many exercises over the years and we were very impressed in how these leaders came together to deal with a sudden, life-threatening crisis in a calm and professional manner.
We’re in good hands in Cote Saint-Luc!
For more information on emergency preparedness in Cote Saint-Luc and to learn what you can do to better prepare your own family please visit the CSL Emergency Preparedness page here or GetPrepared.ca.
February 26, 2016
Cote Saint-Luc’s Public Safety volunteers – vCOP and EMS – have been very active throughout the last months. Here is a short report highlighting some of their activities.
Smoke Detector Brigade 2015… a success!
The stats are in for the 2015 vCOP Smoke Detector Brigade. We are very excited by the results of this year
and as residents learn about this important service, we hope to increase our success rate in future years.
In 2016, we also look forward to continued cooperation with the Montreal Fire Department to ensure that we canvass as many doors as possible. Residents will recall that this is a free service, where a member of the vCOP
Smoke Detector Brigade will inspect their smoke detectors, replace dead batteries and install smoke
detectors where they are missing.
Between June and November 2015, the vCOP team visited 1,019 homes. 48% of residents were not home
at the time of the visit, so we will look at expanding the hours in the future. 13% of residents refused to
let the team in the house, so further publicity is needed to ease residents’ concerns. Of the 395 homes
(39%) where the vCOP team was invited in, a total of 95 batteries were changed and 59 new smoke
detectors were installed.
The year did not start well for a family on McMurray as fire ripped through the detached bungalow. Thankfully no one was home at the time, though it did take some time to reach the owner who was out of town. The fire department responded quickly and the area was protected by police, Public Security and vCOP, while EMS had a team on stand-by.
Two more major house fires happened just a few days apart. A fire broke out just after dinner time on January 20 at a house on King Edward. Luckily, no one was home at the time as the house was being renovated. Flames and smoke could be seen from the outside and an astute taxi driver called 9-1-1 to report the fire, with our Public Security agent arriving a few minutes later. Our Public Security and EMS teams were on scene to secure the scene and provide assistance.
Two EMS members attempted to resuscitate a cat that was found in the basement, unfortunately without success.
Just before 5 AM on January 23, another fire broke out in a basement apartment on Westover Road. EMS and Urgences santé treated and transported one person, while the fire left one family homeless. They were taken care of by the Red Cross who arranged temporary lodging for the family.
An introduction to Federation CJA for local law enforcement leaders
On January 21, the leadership of the local police stations and Public Security services were invited to an
engaging session at Federation CJA. Organized by Director of Community Security Jacques Bisson, himself
a recently retired SPVM Commander, the meeting gathered the Inspectors, Commanders, Lieutenants and
Socio-Community agents of the west end stations. The Public Security services in attendance included
Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Westmount, Outremont and DDO.
December 10, 2015