Angus And Bisson Pay Tribute To Northern Fire Crews
May 31st, 2012 - 2:22pm
This week in the House of Commons, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus spoke of the tremendous work being done in the riding by all those involved in the massive forest fires. Angus saw the heroism up close.
“Our region was under threat from numerous fires, and we had over 1,500 people evacuated from the various fire zones. In the case of Kirkland Lake 8, the fire reached within three kilometres of the town, and for nearly a week the emergency officials not only had to fight the fire but also had to prepare for the possible evacuation of an entire community.”
Angus says the Timmins9 fire posed many problems.“This was a major firestorm that drew on all the resources of our provincial MNR fire crews. It was touch and go for days.”
Angus says, on behalf of the New Democratic caucus, we thank all ofCanada's fire crews who put their lives on the line in the summer to make sure that our northern communities are safe.
“I had the great honour of working closely with the emergency teams, and their professionalism and dedication were beyond compare. I specifically want to thank the MNR crews, emergency measures, municipal officials, police, hydro, Red Cross and the many volunteers.”
Also this week in the Ontario Legislature, Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson thanked fire crews. “I just want to say that the people of the fire services of the city of Timmins, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the OPP, the Timmins police, the Emergency Measures Ontario people, the mayor, the municipality—all those people who have been involved—just really did a stellar job of making sure we do what’s right when it comes to the protection of life and when it comes to the protection of property.”