The Service de Sécurité Incendie de Lac-Simon/Chénéville consists of 22 fire fighters and covers the municipalities of Lac-Simon and Chénéville. The Service responds to different types of emergencies and fire help requests, including from the municipality of Duhamel in case of fire in that municipality.
The Service de Sécurité Incendie de Lac-Simon/Chénéville also provides extrication service in the event of a road accident on the north side of Petite-Nation.
Six (6) firefightersare First-Responders. They provide the service solely in the Municipality of Lac-Simon. They are equipped with a cardiac monitor-defibrillator. They also have oxygen jet equipment and can therefore provide high-level first aid.
In order to comply with the fire safety cover plan of the MRC Papineau, automatic help agreements have been implemented with the fire safety services of the neighbouring municipalities of Namur, Montpellier and Duhamel.
In 2010, Bylaw number 426-2010 was adopted concerning open fires and minimum distances.
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SOPFEU Société de protection des forêts contre le feu.
The banner of fire hazards is divided in media zones. The municipality of Lac-Simon is in the 12-Laurentian media zone.
OUTDOOR FIRES AND OPEN FIRES
Please read Bylaw number 426-2010 concerning fires and burning of combustible matters.
We strongly recommend that citizens become familiar with this policy and check the fire risk indices issued by SOPFEU.
TO REPORT A FOREST FIRE, CALL 1-800-463-3389
Following are some documents to help you understand fire issues:
Prepare an evacuation plan and make sure that the family is aware of it.
Identify allemergency escape routes:
- Post your plan where everyone in the family can see it.
- Do evacuation drills with your family on a regular basis.
Advice when evacuating:
- Crouch – It’s cooler near the floor.
- Take shallow breadthsand cover your face with a moist cloth.
- Avoid high heat spots and smoke.Feel doors before opening them: if they are warm, don’t open.
- Don’t let any window or door open because the air helps feed the fire.
- Designate a meeting place outdoors. Is everybody out?
- Never go back inside a building on fire.
IN CASE OF A FIRE:
- First – try to remain calm. Evaluate the situation quickly.
- Next – get the whole family in a safe place.
- And finally– call the fire department. Use a neighbour’s phone if the fire is burning too strongly or is menacing.
- When you call:
- speak slowly and distinctly
- give the address
- describe how serious the fire is
- wait for questions
ACCESS FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES ON PRIVATE ROADS AND DRIVEWAYS
(delays in response time)
Trees on private roads and driveways must be trimmed so that branches are at least four metres off the ground and the road at least five metres wide. This will ensure a quick response and easy access for emergency vehicles, without damaging them. After all, they are very expensive vehicles.
STREET ADDRESS –IMPORTANT REMINDER
(an easy-to-see address can save your life)
Remember that the street address of your property must be well-displayed and visible from the street,day and night, to allow emergency vehicles to find you quickly. Don’t forget to check for snow coverage in winter. Just imagine responders to your emergency who have to look around to find your place! Whether the fire department, an ambulance or the Sûreté du Québec, any time lost may cost dearly, even a life.
SMOKE AND FIRE ALARM
Be right on time and check your smoke alarms
Your Security and Fire Safety service – who thinks your life is important – urges you to check the working order of your fire alarms regularly.
- Hold down the test button for a few seconds: you should hear the signal sound immediately.
If your smoke alarm starts chirping, change the batteries immediately. Never use rechargeable batteries.
There must be a smoke alarm on every floor, including the basement. If someone sleeps in a room with the door closed, install a smoke alarm in that room.
Smoke alarms should be in hallways and near bedrooms, either on the ceiling or on the walls at 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) from the ceiling.
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
If you are a tenant, your landlord must supply all required smoke alarms, but you are responsible for their maintenance.
To learn more about smoke alarms, contact your Fire and Safety department or go online to the site of Ministère de la Sécurité publique/Fire Safety at http://www.msp.gouv.qc.ca/