Last step in certification
Ms. Fratelli had warned her residents the day before during the supper hour that there would be a fire drill the following day, however, they had no idea what time the drill would go off. “We didn’t want anyone to panic,” said the manager. Four Stanstead firefighters along with Fire Captain Jean Fluet coordinated and observed the drill. An ambulance was also there on stand-by. “We’re very thankful to our fire department. All the support groups here in Stanstead are very present,” she added.
The residents and the staff had received some training to prepare for the drill, including a practise run. “That practise run was important because as a manager I was able to observe the exercise and after we did a ‘post mortem’ to see what went wrong and what went well; we got good feedback from the fire department. The residents were also very happy. They were very involved in the process and they wanted it to go well. They were cheering when we heard we had done it in around five minutes,” commented Ms. Fratelli.
It obviously pays to be well-prepared in the event of a fire. Besides the previous training and the practise run, the management of the Manoir de Stanstead used a fire safety firm to plan the fire evacuation; there are nineteen fire evacuation plans posted around the building; and there are evacuation plans on the back of the doors of each apartment.
Residences for seniors must get a Certificate of Compliance issued by the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux.
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