Firefighters wait for call to Megantic
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
James Sheldon l’Arpenteuse inc.