The Ville de Sherbrooke stresses the importance for citizens to remain prepared in the event of a minor or major emergency.
The director of the Sherbrooke Fire Protection Service, Stéphane Simoneau, calls on the citizens: “What do you do for the safety of your family? As part of Emergency Preparedness Week, he encourages Sherbrooke residents to become aware of their responsibilities in the event of an emergency.
Citizens are invited to put in place their “72-hour kit” by consulting the “Sécurité civile” section of the City’s website.
“People have no idea, but the first 72 hours are the most difficult to organize,” says Simoneau. The section allows families to profile their vulnerability, understand their needs, and know what to do in a situation such as a flood or power outage.
The Mayor of Sherbrooke, Steve Lussier, and the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Danielle Berthold, take the opportunity to introduce the revised civil security plan to be adopted by the City Council in a few days.
In addition, 36 “Heroes in 30” training will be offered free of charge to the population between May 6 and 12. The purpose of these 30-minute sessions is to teach citizens life-saving actions such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) without ventilation. Those interested can register at www.sherbrooke.ca/herosen30 .
“Even the most organized municipalities can not consider themselves immune to disasters,” said Mayor Lussier. He stresses, however, that the City of Sherbrooke is very well prepared: “We never know when it can happen, but I am very proud to see that our services are ready to intervene if necessary.” Actions have recently been taken, such as the investment of $ 2.85 million for the construction of a new fire station to be located in the borough of Lennoxville.
The Fire Protection Service also purchased a new freestanding truck at a cost of $ 1.3 million.