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L'Isle-Verte: Firefighters' association responds to coroner's report

02/16/2015 10:55 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT
The Quebec Association of Fire Chiefs is expected to comment for the first time today on the coroner's report into last year's deadly fire at a seniors' residence in L'Isle-Verte, Que.

The news conference began at 11 a.m. ET.

In his report released last Thursday, coroner CyrilleDelâge issued several recommendations to improve fire safety regulations in the province.

Delâge said several mistakes were made by the fire department in L'Isle-Verte in the Jan. 23, 2014 fire that may have cost lives. Thirty-two people died in all. 

The coroner said the volunteer firefighters were not adequately trained and that Yvan Charron, the local fire chief, waited too long to call for back-up once the fire alarm was set off.

Delâge also recommended merging fire departments. There are around 710 distinct departments in Quebec, whereas Ontario has only 400, with five million more people to serve.

Daniel Brazeau, the president of the Quebec Association of Fire Chiefs, has been pushing to combine fire departments for several years.

During his inquest testimony, Brazeau explained that this would allow fire alarms to go out to several fire houses at once.

It would also mean having firefighters work under the same set of codes and operating procedures.

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