Fire department creates ties to Baie D’Urfe community

Anthony Abbondanza
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Beacon Hill students run alongside Fire Hall 52 firefighters in last week’s 2 km cross-country run in Baie D’Urfe.

In an effort to establish a link to its community, Baie D’Urfe’s Fire Hall 52 is raising money until the end of May for two elementary schools.

Thus far, the local fire department, led by Lt. Ian Gelineau, has raised $2000 for Dorset and Joseph-Henrico elementary schools – money which will help purchase sports equipment.

“We know that schools have a hard time when it comes to buying new sports equipment,” said Gelineau.

The fire department received a little help from the town of Baie D’Urfe, which matched the initial $1000 firefighters raised earlier this month from motorists on Morgan Street.

It’s also one of 45 fire halls fundraising for local schools as part of the Montreal Fire Department’s new partnership with the ‘Grand Defi: Pierre Lavoie’ challenge – a province-wide initiative which encourages the health and well-being of Quebec’s youth.

And in the spirit of health and well-being, Dorset Elementary held a two kilometre cross-country trek from its Dorset Avenue location to Fritz Farm last Tuesday and Wednesday. Beacon Hill, Margaret Manson and Thorndale were among the 15 elementary schools which sent close to 300 kindergarten-Grade 3 students to run in the event.

According to organizer and Dorset elementary gym teacher Scott Taylor, physical activity is now, more than ever, important for today’s youth.

“Lot of kids are removed and desensitized from the outdoors with today’s technology,” said Taylor.

Though his students are participating in the Pierre Lavoie challenge, Taylor said every kid should take the opportunity to go outside and do as much physical activity as possible.

Gelineau echoed the same message.  “We care about children staying in shape from an early age.”

Gelineau will soon be bringing that message to more schools next year. With the fire hall’s involvement with Dorset and Joseph-Henrico, other elementary schools in the area have already jumped on the bandwagon.

According to Elise Breault, the fire department’s spokesperson, Alexander von Humboldt German International School is lobbying to establish a partnership. Others, she said, just want to learn more about the fire department and the famous red fire truck. 

Gelineau when asked about establishing close ties with the community: “It’s working.”

Organizations: Montreal Fire Department

Geographic location: Morgan Street, Quebec, Dorset Avenue Beacon Hill

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