Build a fire break by removing flammable materials within a 10-m radius.

Leave 5 m between your trees and prune off branches from the ground up to 2 m.

Choose non-flammable materials such as sheet metal or bricks for your walls.

Equip your chimney or wood stove with a fire screen to protect against sparks.

Choose a roof made of metal or fibreglass.

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Quebec May 11th 2011,9 h

Death of a Forest Fire Fighter

Source :
Gérard Lacasse

Pour information :
Gérard Lacasse, coordonnateur à l'information
418 871-3341

Robert Lemay, agent à l'information
819 824-4100

It is with great sadness that SOPFEU announces that one of its forest fire fighters died late yesterday afternoon. He collapsed when fighting a fire near the municipality of Rouyn-Noranda in the Cléricy sector.

Attempts were made to resuscitate him until the paramedics arrived. He was brought to the hospital in Rouyn-Noranda where he was pronounced dead.

It was Sylvain Perron’s sixth season working for SOPFEU and the 33-year-old forest fire fighter was based in Matagami.

SOPFEU would like to express its sincere condolences to his family members, friends and colleagues. A psychological support program will be available for his family and co-workers.

Two inspectors from the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) accompanied by SOPFEU representatives are presently on the scene.