On The Job - Montreal: 911 Center Evacuated During 5-Alarm Fire

Ian Stronach provides coverage of a multiple-alarm fire that threatened the city’s emergency communications network.


MONTREAL FIRE DEPARTMENT Director Romeo Noel Personnel: 1,662 career firefighters Apparatus: 44 pumps, 31 trucks, nine manpower squads, three special units Population: 1 million Area: 74.3 square miles The Montreal Urban Community's enhanced 911 system serves the 2.8 million...


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2020 hours: Telephone alarm. Pumps 220, 225, 319; Ladder 405; Platform 720; Squad 513; Chief 136.
2022: "On the scene, working fire" from Platform 720. Squad 537; Chiefs 135, 133, 138; Air Supply 1605; Command Post 1005; Car 911 (investigation); Bus 1413.
2023: Second alarm. Pumps 219, 216, 315; Ladders 425, 403; Chief 134; Training 935 (water supply); Mechanic 861; Safety Chief 145.
2024: Third alarm. Pumps 215, 213, 210; Ladder 419; Chiefs 115, 116; Chief Inspector 125; Fuel 881; Canteen 1330; Ambulance 1230.
2029: Fourth and fifth alarms. Pumps 623, 226, 230, 605; Chiefs 112, 123; Assistant Director 104; Director 101.
2044: Special call. Ladder 410.
2051: Special call. Pumps 229, 247, 245.
2059: Special call. Pumps 242, 327; Ladder 435; Squads 550, 526.
2114: Special call. Pumps 227, 239, 609.
2119: Special call. Platform 715.
2205: Special call. Bus 1423.
2217: "Fire under control."
0039: Special call for relief. Pumps 237, 648; Ladders 423, 427; Platform 741; Chief 131.
0258: Special call for relief. Pumps 234, 333; Ladders 409, 450; Platform 748.
0438: Special call for relief. Pumps 339, 249; Ladder 431.
0445: Special call for relief. Chief 132.
0613: Special call for relief. Chief 138.
0700: Special call for relief. Shift change Pumps 220, 315; Ladder 425; Platform 720.
1100: Special call for relief. Pump 227; Ladder 445; Platform 747.
1144: "Fire out."
1436: Special call for ruins. Pump 319; Chief 136.
1702: Special call for ruins. Platform 716.


Ian Stronach, a Firehouse® correspondent, is the Loss Prevention Manager for Alcan Aluminium Ltd. in Montreal, Quebec.