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Quebec’s work safety board releases report into firefighter’s 2021 death

By The Canadian Press   

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Oct. 20, 2022, Quebec – A Quebec workers’ health and safety investigation has found that a firefighter who perished in December 2019 near Quebec City was battling a blaze from a dangerous location.

Martin Tremblay died when a second-storey extension collapsed on top of him due to a construction defect and deterioration caused by the fire in Boischatel, Que.

The investigation found that while firefighters responding to the blaze had employed a defensive strategy, a team went inside to try to contain the flames from within.

The health and safety board, known as the CNESST, said that change in tactics led the firefighter to a dangerous area that had not been previously identified.

The board makes several recommendations in a report published today, including establishing a clear command structure, more training for structures at risk of collapse and better communication and clear definition of a danger zone when a defensive strategy is undertaken to ensure teams don’t venture in the area deemed at risk.

Tremblay, a 43-year-old father of three, worked as a part-time firefighter in Boischatel-L’Ange-Gardien as well as for the Quebec City fire department, and this week he was posthumously awarded a sacrifice medal by the provincial government.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2022.

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