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Quebec Province Integrated Fire-Police Forces Fight Costly Conflagrations

Issue 3 and Volume 110.

Quebec Province Integrated Fire-Police Forces Fight Costly Conflagrations FEATURES Two major fires within 30 days, raise question of effectiveness of combined police-fire departments VALLEYFIELD, QUEBEC, has a combined fire and police force which was called upon December 30, 1956, to control a raging fire that killed one person and destroyed or damaged a dozen commercial firms and some 30 flats, with property loss of about $1 million. It is reliably reported that but for the prompt, efficient assistance of employees of the Security and Maintenance Departments, Montreal Cottons Limited, and neighboring fire forces which sped to the calls for aid from the stricken city of 20,572 persons, the entire Bellerive district, if not the entire municipality, would have been wiped out. Valleyfield’s combined fire-police force consists of a chief, a deputy chief and 30 men, all of whom serve as both police officers and firemen. There are also eight corporation…

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