Sun Youth celebrates Fourth of July with fire safety
As a fire prevention initiative, Montreal’s fire department has created a task force to inform the public about the importance of smoke alarms; they are called the Smoke Alarm Brigade. July fourth marked the annual launch of the Smoke Alarm Brigade, a total of 45 fire safety students who make up the brigade were present. The event took place at Notre-Dames-de-Grâce Park, where various organizations members of the community were present at the event including Sun Youth, the Red Cross and City of Montreal’s Vice President of the Executive Committee Responsible for public safety and citizen services, Anie Samson who spoke on the importance of the initiative. Victims of fires also spoke and told their stories highlighting the hurt that a fire can cause to a family as well as the importance of preventive measures. Last year’s brigade went door to door inspecting over 26,000 smoke detectors. If necessary they change the batteries or install a new smoke detector, leaving residents with a safer home!
Sun Youth is currently an active partner of the Montreal Fire Department, aiding in both prevention and on the scene help to the victims of fire related incidents. All year round Sun Youth provides home delivered food to its clients who with reduced mobility; this presents a perfect opportunity to verify people’s smoke alarms and change the batteries or replace them if needed. Sun Youth has been helping people affected by fires, floods, unsanitary conditions and other emergency situations within the City of Montreal since the 1970’s. Assistance provided by Sun Youth to disaster victims consists of material donations of basic necessities (food, new clothes, baby formula, diapers, etc.), free access to medication and eyeglasses, transportation assistance (public transit tickets and passenger transport), follow-ups and any other type of additional services, such as translation, telephone service or financial aid for the time required to regain a normal lifestyle. Sun Youth would like to wish everyone a safe summer and reminds the public that a working smoke alarms is still the cheapest and most effective way to save lives in the event of a fire.
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Vice-President of Montreal’s Executive Committee Anie Samson speaking at the launch of the 2015 Smoke Brigade Alarm. Photo: Ann St Arnaud.