Fire and Civil Safety

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One of the MRC’s Fire and Civil Safety Service’s functions is to facilitate cooperation between stakeholders and regional administrators who are involved with fire and civil safety. Many committees and groups are working together on issues such as revising the plan to lower fire safety risks, training firefighters, and using radiocommunication, etc.

The MRC is responsible for creating a plan to lower fire safety risks (SCRSI) that has concrete goals for fire safety and specifies the steps that need to be taken to succeed in this throughout the whole territory. The MRC is responsible for managing the plan and putting it into effect. This plan lends a strategic vision to fire safety on the regional level for the 23 municipalities and 17 fire safety services that include more than 500 firefighters.

The MRC also manages a telecommunications network made up of six towers and two relay sites dedicated to regionalizing the fire radio system used by fire services (SSI) for emergency calls (9-1-1) and operations throughout the territory. In terms of public safety, the MRC has an agreement with the Minister of Public Safety for providing Sûreté du Québec police services in its territory. Therefore, the MRC’s public safety committee has a mandate to:

    • Participate in the creation of a targeted semi-annual Sûreté du Québec plan of action in the territory based on agreed-upon priorities that will be identified, and then evaluate this plan;
    • Approve the organization plan of police resources;
    • Participate in choosing the location of police departments according to public safety demands and the effectiveness of police services as well as governmental policy regarding the location or acquisition of buildings;
    • Create evaluation criteria for the performance of the Sûreté du Québec within the framework of the agreement, and, if deemed appropriate, inform the director of the citizen’s feedback about the police services that they receive;
    • Give its evaluation of the director’s performance;
    • Give Sûreté du Québec any and all recommendations that it deems useful and give the Minister opinions about the work organization or the training needs of police officers, as well as about any other issue relating to the police services provided for by the agreement.

To access the public security committee’s annual report, click here (French only).

For more information, please contact Réjean Guay, directeur de la sécurité incendie et civile, environnement et infrastructures email at rguay@mrcvs.ca or by phone at 450-455-5754 x2230.