Emergency evacuation assistance program


The Montreal Fire Department offers persons living with a handicap or reduced mobility the possibility to be registered into a computerized data base that assists firefighters in locating and evacuating them in case of emergency. The information collected is reserved for fire department use only and is kept confidential. This is a free and efficient service offered by your fire department.


Le Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) offre aux personnes en situation de handicap ou de mobilité réduite la possibilité de s’inscrire à une base de données informatisée qui permet aux pompiers de les repérer et de les aider à évacuer en cas d’urgence. L’information recueillie est à l’usage exclusif du SIM et est tenue confidentielle. C’est un service efficace et gratuit!


Click here for all the details.  

Cliquez ici pour toutes les informations.


Fire ravages Sir Walter Scott apartment

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Fire broke out just before sunrise on Tuesday morning in a top floor apartment on Sir Walter Scott Avenue.  Cote Saint-Luc Director of Public Safety Jordy Reichson indicated that the call came in around 5:35AM and when the Montreal Fire Department arrived, smoke and flames were already visible from outside. They immediately called a first alarm with probability of spreading and at 5:55AM raised the alert to a second alarm.

Fire guts apartment in Cote Saint-Luc forcing tenants out into the cold

The blaze started in a fourth floor apartment due to an oil fire on the stove top. It caused extensive damage to the apartment, as well as three other units on the floor and the units directly below.

All residents were cared for by the Red Cross, which is standard Fire Department policy for displaced persons.  The Red Cross officials helped residents with arrangements to stay with family or friends. The residents of the fire apartment were transported to hospital with smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

The fire started on the stove and quickly engulfed the entire apartment

The Montreal Fire Department intervention prevention teams, CSL Public Safety and CSL Urban Planning were on scene to work with the building owner on any required follow-up, including barricading broken windows and the roof (which was cut open for ventilation) and other matters. CSL Public Works was informed to clear the catch basins in the area to allow for drainage of water.

According to CTV News, one person tried to put out the flames but was unsuccessful. He ended up cutting himself. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within an hour, and were also able to contain the fire within the kitchen. Other residents of the building should be able to return home without any difficulty.

Three people, who are all believed to live in the apartment where the fire began, were all taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

CTV also reported that the apartment where the fire broke out had a heat detector, but was not equipped with a smoke detector


vCOP to assist Montreal Fire Department in smoke detector blitz

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Members of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol will have the chance to work side by side with the Montreal Fire Department this weekend in a blitz to get all residents to change their smoke detector batteries coinciding with the change to Daylight Savings Time.

vCOP will go door to door speaking to as many residents as possible to remind every one of the importance of keeping their detectors functional year round.

vCOP has assisted CSL Public Security and Montreal Police during its 6 1/2 years of service but this is the first time that it will have the opportunity to directly assist the Fire Department.

While our EMS volunteers used to work closely with our CSL Fire Department that all ended 10 years ago with the forced mergers and the transfer of fire services from CSL to Montreal.

I’m very proud that the services offered by vCOP continues to expand helping to make Cote Saint-Luc the safest community in the region.

When I launched the concept in 2006 I had a goal to recruit 100 volunteers and acquire several vehicles and bicycles to allow these patrollers to circulate at anytime of day or night.  I am so pleased that we have been able to expand our offering in the areas of emergency preparedness, searching for missing persons, distribution of water during service interruption, protecting residents from downed power lines, cables, trees and branches and now with fire safety and prevention.

Hats off to our nearly 100 volunteers and to our team leaders and supervisors.  Their efforts are making a difference in the lives of Cote Saint-Lucers on a daily basis.

If you’ve had any experiences with vCOP and would like to thank them too please click on ‘Leave a Comment’.

The great evacuation: Tonight at 7 pm

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The Montreal Fire Department (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal,  SIM), in collaboration with the Department of Public Security (Ministère de la Sécurité publique), is organizing The Big Evacuation tonight, for residents of the Montreal Agglomeration. During this event, citizens and especially families will be asked to put into practice their fire escape plan, all on the same day and at the same time.


The Big Evacuation is part of National Fire Prevention Week and Montréal’s Fire prevention month. To learn more about this activity and prepare to participate, please view the video available here and visit the Web site of the Ministère de la Sécurité publique.


During the 2011 edition of The Big Evacuation, the SIM had organized supervised evacuation exercises in three boroughs and one municipality of the agglomeration of Montréal. The event was such a success that they are repeating the experience. You will see below the areas chosen this year. Please note that these sectors have been selected based on the number of fires that occurred.


  • Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough
    Place de Granby, between Pierre-De Coubertin and Hochelaga
  • Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough
    Avenue Champagneur, between d’Anvers and de Liège Ouest
  • Lachine borough
    Rue Louis-Paré, starting at 26e Avenue
  • Sud-Ouest borough
    Rue Jacques-Hertel, between Hadley and Eadie
  • Ville-Marie borough
    Rue Montcalm, between Sherbrooke Est and Ontario Est
  • Town of Kirkland
    Acres Street, between Oriole and Salaberry Boulevard
  • City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux
    Brunswick Boulevard, between Davignon and Deacon
Français : Pumper 229

Pumper 229 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo of the Week #10: A Symbol of Loss

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This week’s photo shows the flag outside Fire Station 78 at half mast in honour of firefighter Thierry Godfrind who was laid to rest earlier the same day in a civic funeral.

The sun is beginning to set on a sad day while the flowers out front and the lowered flag catch the last lights.

The tradition of flying the flag at half-mast began in Canada in 1612 and continues to this day, around the world, as a symbol of mourning and honouring the dead.


Fire department website promotes changing batteries – in French only

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After much cajoling by myself, Councillor Dida Burku, Mayor Anthony Housefather and the CSL City Council, the Montreal Fire Department has finally translated a significant portion of its website from French only. This is a positive step.   I, and many other English-speaking residents, appreciate this attention which was long overdue.

However, the FD must be reminded to keep it up to date to inform residents of safety messages and to educate the public in all aspects of fire safety regulations and home safety procedures.

Unfortunately they seem to have neglected to translate information about checking smoke detector batteries on their English homepage.

Last week, they ran a sensitization campaign to verify smoke detectors during the Spring Forward changing of the clocks.  On the French homepage the top article reads: On change l’heure, on vérifie son avertisseur!.  However, if you click on ENGLISH (from the French homepage or from the French article cited above) there is no such article in English.

It seems that the Montreal FD targeted only one language group and ignored the other.  Obviously this is unacceptable.

Thank you Montreal FD for translating the site to be significantly bilingual.  But please make a greater effort to ensure that it is kept up to date.  This is a matter of safety and security for all Montreal Island residents regardless of language.

Your Home Evacuation Plan – Fire Prevention – Ministère de la Sécurité publique







The Montreal Fire Department’s French only website is promoting “la grande evacuation” taking place on October 12, 2011.  The Quebec Minister of Public Safety only has this information in French as well.

I was able to find this information in English, although it does not pertain to the events happening on October 12: Your Home Evacuation Plan – Fire Prevention – Ministère de la Sécurité publique.

What a shame that these major government departments, and the Quebec Government in general, still cannot understand the importance of communicating with Quebec’s English-speaking population (who pay the same taxes as all Quebecers but obviously receive less service).


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