$ 4.9 million to better protect Sherbrooke residents against fires
The SPCIS filed the third version of its fire safety risk coverage plan on Tuesday.
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Jonathan Custeau La Tribune A new fire station will be built in 2021 at the corner of rue Galt Est and chemin Galvin. This is the most important element of the new 2021-2025 fire safety risk coverage plan presented on Tuesday. Among the investments totaling $ 4.9 million, the City is also planning to install a pre-emption system at 38 traffic lights.
According to the director of the Service de protection contre les fires de Sherbrooke (SPCIS), Stéphane Simoneau, this third version of the risk coverage plan is in line with the two previous plans and aims to ensure uniformity of services for all citizens. . He mentions that the financial efforts requested from the City of Sherbrooke are minimal compared to those undertaken by other municipalities.
The deputy director, Daniel Gingras, specifies that dispatching four firefighters in five minutes to the scene of a fire saves lives and contains the flames in the original room. “Our analysis shows that at this time, part of the territory is covered in a less privileged way, that is to say Fleurimont. We can send four firefighters there in five minutes for 64.2% of the territory. We are proposing to reposition the barracks on Chemin Lavigerie at the corner of Rue Galt Est and Chemin Galvin. The percentage of coverage would then increase to 90.2%. “
In addition to improving response time, the repositioning of the barracks would improve insurance ratings for commercial and industrial buildings.
The City estimates that it could sell its dilapidated building on Lavigerie Street for approximately $ 400,000. Its renovation to avoid a move would cost more than a million dollars while the construction is valued at $ 3 million. The works are desired in 2021.
Councilor Annie Godbout would like to obtain comparisons with other cities as to the proportion of territory coverage before committing funds to the construction of a new barracks. “The government sets targets for us, but does not give us money to meet these challenges,” she said.
Claude Charron was worried about a rise in the prices of materials due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stéphane Simoneau specifies that a price analysis has been carried out. “I'm not very worried. I hope that the COVID context, when we get to building the barracks, will have blurred. In Quebec, it is rare that we see a barracks below $ 5 million. We take plans similar to our other barracks to keep costs down. I am not embarrassed by comparables and I am sure that what we are presenting to you are the best costs that we can have. “