Fire­fight­ers wait for call to Megantic

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Fire Chief’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Que­bec is or­ga­niz­ing a re­lief ef­fort for the mas­sive clean-up work which will be go­ing on for weeks if not months at the site of the ex­plo­sion in Lac Megantic. The area is too danger­ous for un­trained vol­un­teers to work in. “The As­so­ci­a­tion of Fire Chiefs is send­ing peo­ple to help with the down­town clean-up. They’ve re­quested man­power from us and we have four or five fire­fight­ers who are will­ing to go. We are just wait­ing for their call and to see what they want us to do,” said Stanstead Fire Chief, Chris Good­sell. “We’ll prob­a­bly go in part­ner­ship with our col­leagues from Ayer’s Cliff who are also plan­ning to go,” he added.

Here at home, the new First Re­spon­ders pro­gram has, thank­fully, got­ten off to a quiet start. “We’ve been lucky; we haven’t had too many calls,” said Mr. Good­sell. Right now, the re­spon­ders can only in­ter­vene in cases of car­diac ar­rest and ana­phy­lac­tic shock, how­ever, they are hop­ing to bring the ser­vice up to a higher level of care. Dur­ing a First Re­spon­der train­ing ses­sion that was be­ing held at the Stanstead fire sta­tion about a month ago, the trainees got to prac­tice on a real vic­tim. “While we were train­ing, sud­denly a car pulled up to the sta­tion. There was a cou­ple in the car and the woman had just been stung by a bee and was al­ler­gic. We ad­min­is­tered the Epipen.”

Fire­fight­ers have now made about sixty home in­spec­tions as part of their fire preven­tion plan. “We’re get­ting great co­op­er­a­tion from the pub­lic and peo­ple are very re­cep­tive to us. We’re find­ing lots of things to cor­rect and cre­at­ing aware­ness,” said the Fire Chief. Dur­ing the in­spec­tions, the fire­fight­ers are check­ing the func­tion­al­ity and lo­ca­tion of both car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tors and smoke de­tec­tors.

“The smoke de­tec­tors are the num­ber one thing. We ex­plain that you need to have a smoke de­tec­tor on each floor.” Many house­holds were also us­ing old de­tec­tors. “They gen­er­ally have a shelf life of be­tween 5 and 10 years, but some are built to last longer. There should be a date on the de­tec­tor.”

“There’s a lit­tle con­fu­sion about when to have a car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor. There are only two con­di­tions: when a garage is at­tached to a house; and when any type of com­bustible heat source is used, like wood, oil, coal, or wood pel­lets,” Mr. Good­sell ex­plained. Th­ese de­tec­tors should be placed within five me­ters of all the bed­rooms in a home.

Mak­ing sure that the street num­ber of each house­hold is clearly vis­i­ble is also part of the home in­spec­tions. The 14th an­nual Bor­der Fest has come and gone and what a day it was. The day started out with a 5km race with an out­stand­ing (num­ber) of par­tic­i­pants. The pa­rade was im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the race. Lead­ing the pa­rade was the mem­bers of the Le­gion and clos­ing the pa­rade was the high pol­ished Trans­port Henri Roy trucks, and of course var­i­ous floats in be­tween. All were asked to join the rest of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties on the grounds of Sun­ny­side School. Un­der the tent var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties were planned, like magic from Rye Guy, bingo, and coun­try line danc­ing by Marie-Claude Lagueux. Out­side the tent there was the May­ors bean bag toss tour­na­ment, Euro bungee, in­flat­able games, and Re­triever and drug dog demon­stra­tions. Then it was back to the tent with some great lo­cal tal­ent and Karaoke… this was all lead­ing up to the spec­tac­u­lar Dany Flan­ders who put on a show like no other. The as­so­ci­a­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pic­ture This On Gran­ite, of­fered Dany an award made from Gran­ite. Clos­ing out the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties were the crown pleas­ing fire­works. We would be amiss if we did not thank our spon­sor, The Town of Stanstead, Elec­tri­cian Pa­trick Bour­chard, Rock Of Ages Canada, GranQuartz Canada, Am­bu­lance de Stanstead, Granit De­sign, Phar­ma­cie Chan­tal Richard, Derusha Sup­ply, Video Fron­tières, Pizze­ria Steve, Au­to­bus Ashby, RONA A. Fluet & Fils., Stanstead Jour­nal and IGA Stanstead who con­tin­u­ally sup­port the As­so­ci­a­tions ef­forts to bring com­mu­nity events to Stanstead. (cen­tre), who owns and op­er­ates Les Jardins de in Hat­ley, along with his part­ner, Myr­iam Fortier, re­ceived a grant of $10,000 un­der the Je­une Pro­mo­teur pro­gram ear­lier this month from the Mem­phrem­a­gog CLD for their or­ganic mar­ket gar­den­ing en­ter­prise which was cre­ated in 2012. We would also like to thank our vol­un­teers, Brigitte Le­may, Real Houle, Su­san Win­tle, Kathy Shel­don, Con­stance Bedard, Jerry Smith, Serge Tougas, Wayne Strat­ton, Paul Stu­art, Peggy Al­ger, Deb­bie Bishop, Deb­bie Ma­cLeod. We’d also like to thank the Stanstead Recre­ation Cen­ter (Bowl­ing Al­ley) for the won­der­ful pa­rade, the Kerr Fam­ily for the pet­ting zoo, the C.A.B. Rediker, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and other or­ga­ni­za­tions that vol­un­teered time. The Recre­ational As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers would also like to thank the peo­ple of Stanstead for com­ing out and en­joy­ing a day just for them!! Thank you A.J. Bedard

Pres­i­dent As­so­ci­a­tion des Loisirs

de Stanstead

Photo coutesy

James Shel­don l’Ar­pen­teuse inc.

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