If a black out occurs or the phone lines are down, a firemen will be stationed at the fire hall. For any emergency, please present yourselves at the fire hall and the firemen will be able to contact 911 by radio.
Beware of Chimney fires
The creosote, the accumulation of debris, a deficiency or an incorrect installation of your wood heating appliance can cause a fire.
Have your wood heating appliance cleaned and inspected by a qualified technician at least once a year and install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home.
Here are the qualified technicians of the Pontiac MRC
Beware of brush fires
The Pontiac county firefighter’s association would like to remind you that even if the temperature seems mild, it can be devious and suitable for brush fires. It is imperative that you use extra caution when near vegetation or the forest. Be vigilant if you have open fires, if you smoke or if you work in the woods or in proximity. A single spark or a heat source is enough to start a fire.
Be aware of any fire bans in your area.
Verify the open fire regulations in your municipality (burning permit, fire ban).
And above all be vigilant
You're planning to do some renovations?
You're planning to do some renovations yourself in your home in order to save on labor costs. Before undertaking any work such as the installation of a chimney or the modification of your electrical wiring, make sure to respect the construction codes in effect. If in doubt, refer to a qualified technician. Neglecting construction codes could result in a fire and could jeopardize your family's health and well-being.
Did You Know?
A snowed-in exit can hinder your evacuation.
After each snowfall, shovel your driveways, balconies and stairways.
Beware of hazardous household products
Your home contains hazardous household products such as gasoline, paint, chlorine, propane etc. In order to prevent any fires and harmful effects on your health, you must use, handle and store household hazardous products safely.
For example, store gasoline away from chlorine and avoid all excessive accumulation of these products.
This is a reminder that the MRC adopted on October 25th, a regional bylaw 173-2011 Providing for fire prevention on the territory of the Pontiac MRC. We strongly urge you to consult the bylaw via your fire department, your local council or the website of the MRC under the MRC Services and Public security tabs.
Visit from Firefighters
In order to meet the requirements of the fire safety cover plan which was approved by the Minister of Public security, the members of your fire safety service (FSS) will conduct an inspection of all buildings on its territory, at a rate of 20% per year for residential buildings. This is supported by the Fire safety act, s 32 and Bylaw 173-2011, Art 4.6. We invite you to provide access to firefighters who have to verify your smoke alarms and do an inspection of fire safety elements, such as storage, access to exits, evacuation plans, combustion appliances and when required, portable fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide alarms. Take the opportunity to ask them question, they are there for your safety.
Measures to come
In order to provide adequate protection of its territory, the MRC will have to take additional measures to ensure better coverage of areas where response time is critical for the fire safety services and in some cases difficult or impossible to access. You will be notified of these changes.
Obviously, these steps are taken to ensure the safety of all in the interest of the community.
Call to 9-1-1
If you must place an emergency call to the call center, be sure to specify the exact name of the municipality where the incident is occurring. This will save precious minutes and will send the appropriate fire safety service for the intervention. For example J&J Gas bar is located in Clarendon and not in Shawville.