Côte Saint-Luc launches Emergency Response Team

Côte Saint-Luc, June 28, 2011 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc has launched its Emergency Response Team, or ERT, to help respond to reports of fire, mass casualty incidents, or other confined incidents.

The ERT will include first responders from Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services, Public Security agents, and volunteer patrollers from the city’s vCOP program. The ERT members will wear a special identification to easily identify them on scene, worn over top of their regular uniform.

The ERT will be led by David Sasson, a veteran of the Emergency Measures Organization, or EMO, which was the predecessor of EMS. Sasson recently completed a 23-year career at Urgences-santé and is an active EMS driver-medic. Sasson will report directly to and work closely with the Director of Public Safety, Jordy Reichson.

“When responding to an incident, ERT members will assist affected residents in coping with the situation, helping them make arrangements, advocating on their behalf with other services and responding to any pressing concerns,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety and traffic issues. “Once activated and on scene, the ERT will usually assume command of the on-scene city resources, liaising with the fire department, police department and Urgences-santé incident commanders.”

ERT members will be chosen based on availability, experience, knowledge and capacity to deal with complex, stressful situations. All members are volunteers and there will be no compensation for this service.

The announcement of an ERT follows the March 2011 adoption of an emergency preparedness plan by Côte Saint-Luc. The city is also planning the creation of a Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, in 2012 or 2013. CERT will involve people from the community with special skills or equipment.

The ERT is a division of the Côte Saint-Luc Public Safety Department, which also includes Emergency Medical Services, Public Security, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, and the Emergency Communications Centre.

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org

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