On March 7, 2016, the City of Rosemère abruptly fired its 38 firefighters, members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 501, after voting in favour of a secretly-negotiated agreement with the town of Blainville at a special council session.
The Rosemère fire station closure was done without any public consultation and without informing the firefighters themselves even though the town had been negotiating with them over the past 27 months for the renewal of their collective agreement.
Consequently, the entire territory of the Thérèse-de-Blainville regional county municipality is deprived of its fire station and equipment, as well as 38 firefighters specialized in dealing with water and ice rescues on the Mille-Îles river.
Outraged by this announcement, residents of the Thérèse-de-Blainville regional country municipality have shown strong support of the Rosemère firefighters by signing a petition demanding that the fire department be kept open. As a matter of fact, it took less than ten hours over two days of intensive campaigning to garner 6,267 signatures.
The closing of the Rosemère fire station is bound to affect response times when Blainville Sud firefighters are not available; they will have to call in support from a fire station that is farther away, and that could increase wait times by 5 to 14 minutes for fires, and by 2 to 12 minutes for river incidents involving water and ice on the Mille-Îles river.
Every extra minute is a minute too long when lives are at stake. Let us act now before it is too late. Please send the message below to the mayor and city council to let them know that you wish to maintain your fire department in Rosemère.