During the Mérite québécois de la sécurité civile ceremony last October 18th 2022, the Quebec Ministry of Public Safety presented a “mention of honour” award to the Deux-Montagnes/Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Intermunicipal Fire Safety Service for its stellar operational efficiency during the rupture of the Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac dyke in 2019.
The Mérite québécois de la sécurité civile recognizes in a tangible way the efforts made by individuals, municipalities, businesses or organizations in the field of civil security.
“The speed of execution and the skillful coordination during this event helped save lives. I congratulate the Deux-Montagnes/Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Intermunicipal Fire Safety Service, and I thank all the police officers, firefighters, and military personnel who worked together to save and keep safe some 6000 citizens. In times such as these, the contribution of everyone is crucial, and it has been remarkable.” said Katia Petit, Associate Deputy Minister of Civil Security and Fire Safety of the Minister of Public Security
A lightning response when the dyke was breached on April 27, 2019, in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac
In addition to the Deux-Montagnes/Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Intermunicipal Fire Safety Service, the 50 feet wide breach caused by the rupture of the permanent dyke required the presence of all police officers from the Régie de Police du Lac des Deux-Montagnes and some 1000 firefighters from 30 fire safety services across Quebec over the 33-day emergency measures period. In addition, six municipal police services, 100 police officers from the Sûreté du Québec’s Mascouche station and soldiers based in Deux-Montagnes responded to the emergency call and contributed to the rescue of residents and evacuations.
A professionally recorded video clip in now available on youtube and covers the event and summarizes the intervention of April 27, 2019.
About the Fire Safety Service
The Deux-Montagnes/Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Intermunicipal Fire Safety Service serves a population of more than 37 000 inhabitants and covers an area of approximately 16 square kilometres. Every year, the Fire Safety Department responds to more than 900 calls for intervention on the territory as well as additional aid in some neighbouring cities.