Pot­ton First Re­spon­ders and Fire­men serv­ing the com­mu­nity for over 26 years

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY - By Mable Hast­ings

For over 26 years now (since 1992), the Pot­ton (Man­sonville) First Re­spon­ders and Fire­fight­ers have been pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of fire safety tech­niques as well as dis­play­ing great pride, not only in them­selves, but in their com­mu­nity through their emer­gency re­sponse ef­forts. Any­one who has had to call upon the Pot­ton Fire­fight­ers and First Re­spon­ders will likely tell you that, over the past 26 years, some won­der­ful and ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als have served Pot­ton’s peo­ple.

Through time, the Man­sonville Fire Depart­ment and First Re­spon­ders have evolved into a multi-faceted emer­gency re­sponse ser­vice in di­ver­si­fied res­cue in all sea­sons. Fire preven­tion and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion are also two vi­tal as­pects of the job in keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe.

“The fact is that 95% of the calls we re­ceive, do not re­late to fire,” ex­plained Ron­ney Kor­man, Di­rec­tor of Fire Preven­tion and Safety for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Pot­ton. “We re­ceive calls re­gard­ing car ac­ci­dents, elec­tri­cal is­sues, flood­ing, fallen trees, search and res­cue in cases where peo­ple are lost or miss­ing and more.”

The Pot­ton Fire Depart­ment has 24 Fire­fight­ers and there are 16 First Re­spon­ders, 12 of whom are also Fire­fight­ers. Some 300 hours of ba­sic train­ing is re­quired to be­come a fire­fighter and ad­di­tional hours are es­sen­tial for the added train­ing for, First Re­spon­der cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the Jaws of Life, Pump use or to be­come an Of­fi­cer… Re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is also re­quired when due. There are 1 to 2 prac­tices per month and Kor­man says that on av­er­age, the unit re­ceives around 130 calls per year.

Ded­i­cated to mak­ing a com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity, the re­wards in be­com­ing a fire­fighter or first re­spon­der are many. Each new ser­vice or life sav­ing mea­sure added in re­spond­ing to emer­gen­cies for the Pot­ton com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas in­stills a sense of grat­i­fi­ca­tion and ac­com­plish­ment for the group.

“We are lucky to have a very ac­tive and im­pli­cated fundrais­ing com­mit­tee,” said Kor­man. “The group, through their ef­forts and the sup­port of the com­mu­nity has made many im­prove­ments in equip­ment over the years pos­si­ble.”

These equip­ment im­prove­ments in­clude an up­graded Jaws of Life ser­vice, the in­stal­la­tion of 6 de­fib­ril­la­tors in Pot­ton(three pur­chased by the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee and three by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity) and are main­tained by the Fire Depart­ment. Lo­cated at Jewett’s Store in Vale Perkins, the Caisse Pop­u­laire on Prin­ci­pal Street, Parc An­dre Gagnon (Rte 243 North), the Rocket in South Bolton, Car­refours des Cam­peurs on the way to Dunkin and at the Wharf in Knowl­ton’s land­ing, these life sav­ing de­vices have al­ready been used.

The most re­cent pur­chase was a side by side all res­cue ve­hi­cle which cost in the area of $47,000 and can be used to save lives in all sea­sons. The side by side was used last year on Owl’s Head Moun­tain where res­cuers were able to go up the moun­tain and di­rectly to the per­son suf­fer­ing from a car­diac is­sue to of­fer help.

“In 2017 our unit cel­e­brated its 25th An­niver­sary,” Kor­man shared. “We have a dy­namic and mo­ti­vated team that is fo­cused on keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe.”

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion about the Pot­ton (Man­sonville) Fire­fight­ers or First Re­spon­ders visit: www.pot­ton.ca or con­tact Ron­ney Kor­man at 450-292-3313 poste 225 kor­man.r@pot­ton.ca

COUR­TESY

Shawn Pouliot( Cap­tain), Stephane Fortin (Cap­tain) and Ron­ney Kor­man (Di­rec­tor of Fire Preven­tion and Safety for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Pot­ton) pose next to the side by side all res­cue ve­hi­cle.

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