Bagotville’s firefighters in reinforcement
On August 2nd, Bagotville's 3 Wing Orange firefighters were dispatched to Chicoutimi- Nord to assist Saguenay firefighters in a forest fire occurring on a rock face. As the fire was difficult to access, it exceeded the firefighting capabilities of the city of Saguenay so they called the Bagotville firefighters in as reinforcement. The two organizations have an agreement of mutual as- sistance between themselves. The Memorandum of Understanding, recently updated between the city and the base, reads that the authorities of either organization may call upon their respective fire departments when the operation requires special equipment or the scope of the task commands it. As the forest fire on August 2nd was located in an area that required special knowl- edge and equipment to reach the fire brush, the Bagotville firefighters were called to the scene. It is quite rare that the mutual assistance agreement between Saguenay and CFB Bagotville is used. The protocol, which was first signed in 2012, was revised in the fall of 2016 to clarify the terms of cooperation between the city and the base for fighting fires and in the event of a major maritime accident.