The mission of the Fire Safety Service is part of a municipality’s responsibility with respect to the protection of its citizens.
The main goals are:
- to ensure the collective on the Mille-Isles territory, the protection of people and goods against fire of all types as well as organizing the rescue of accident victims, relief to a stricken person as well as its rescue during an emergency evacuation; To ensure the protection of life, health and heritage;
- to prevent disasters and catastrophes by developing fire risk and other disaster scenarios, by providing information, training, the development and enactment of municipal by-laws; To determine the point of origin, probable causes and circumstances of the fire.
More precisely, the mission of a Fire Safety Service is divided into two main categories: fire prevention and taking care of emergencies.
The Service is staffed with part-time firefighters. The Service depends on its director, with firefighters duly appointed by a Council resolution.
The Safety Service intervenes in various situations. The main areas of intervention include:
field and brush fire;
vehicle accident or fire;
intervention involving hazardous materials;
Become a firefighter
The municipality of Mille-Isles is always interested in recruiting part-time firefighters. Individuals who join the Fire Department are committed to protecting and serving the community in situations of emergency requiring appropriate expertise. Firefighters must respond to emergency events, and actively engage in other multiple related tasks such as:
- carry out multiple preventive activities (inspections, public education, etc.);
- verifying and maintaining equipment;
- perform training inherent to his / her work function;
- participate in training and maintenance sessions;
- involvement in community activities;
- maintain, through various activities, public relations.
If you are interested in joining the ranks of this team, we invite you to submit your application by filling out the following form (french only).
Reports - 2019
Preventing a fire
Did you know that…
- Most fire deaths occur at night while sleeping?
- Smoke can invade an entire house in only 3 minutes?
- Most deaths in fires are caused by smoke and not by fire?
- The only way to be notified in time is a smoke alarm kept in working order?
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs is responsible for one-third of fatal fires?
Protect yourself from home fires
Negligence and recklessness can cause fires at home. You can protect yourself against fires by the following simple gestures:
- never leave food, especially oil, unattended heating on the stove;
- use a electric fryer for frying;
- put smoker items (matches-lighters etc.) out of the reach of children;
- never smoke in bed;
- store flammable liquids such as paint and solvents away from sources of heat;
- store gasoline and propane tanks outdoors;
- install a smoke detector and maintain operation.
With a smoke alarm, you will be warned at the start of a fire and increase your chances of evacuating your home. It is therefore very important to install at least one smoke alarm in your home and to check it regularly to make sure it is working properly. A smoke alarm is the best way to save lives. Check its operation regularly, whether it is battery or electric.
- replace the battery periodically or use a long-life battery such as a lithium battery if possible;
- never remove the battery from the buzzer or disconnect it, even if it trips unnecessarily. Instead, use the mute button on the camera;
- replace alarms according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, usually every ten years. The date of manufacture or expiration is indicated on the case. If there is no such date, do not take any chances, replace the camera immediately.
Each year, an average of 140 building fires occur due to poor storage of hot ashes. Statistics show that in most cases the container was inappropriate or the storage was inadequate. This heat source is one of the top 10 heat sources identified by firefighters in the investigation of causes and circumstances of fires.
How to get rid of Hot Ashes:
- empty the ashes from the fireplace regularly;
- dispose of hot ashes in a metal container with a raised bottom and a metal lid;
- never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up hot ashes;
- place the container outside on a non-combustible surface;
- keep a minimum distance of one meter between the metal container and the walls of the house, garage, shed and any other combustible material such as a hedge or canvas shelter;
- ashes should be left in this container for at least 3 to 7 days before being disposed of in another container such as the organic matter bin or garbage can. Please also consult your municipality’s recommendations in this regard;
- before transferring the ashes to another type of container, make sure that they are thoroughly cooled. Stir the ashes regularly to ensure that no heat is generated;
- as a precaution, store ashes throughout the winter season and dispose of them only in the spring.
Cooking food is dangerous. In addition to burns, it can cause a fire. Use caution when using cooking appliances.
Cook with caution:
- always monitor foods that cook. Use a timer;
- never heat oil in a pot for frying, regardless of the type of pot. Use an electric fryer;
- to cook food, use cooking appliances larger than or equal to the heating element on the range;
- have a lid on hand, make sure that it can cover the cooking appliance completely.
Prevent cooking fires:
- never leave cooking appliances on when you need to leave the kitchen or your home;
- do not store items in the oven or on the top of the range;
- keep a handy fire extinguisher within a few meters of the range, such as at the kitchen entrance, and learn how to use it;
- keep paper or plastic items and fabrics away from the heating elements;
- keep oven mitts, in good condition, within reach, but at a distance from the heating elements;
- clean the cooking appliances and the range hood regularly. A build-up of grease is a fire hazard.
If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean regularly:
- do not use the self-cleaning feature if a lot of residue has accumulated in the bottom of the oven. Residue could catch fire because the temperature when cleaning can easily rise to more than 480? C (900 ° F);
- regularly clean the containers under the electrical elements of the range;
- clean the inside of the stove hood as well as the outside. Accumulation of greasy residues may catch fire.