Firefighter fatality in Quebec

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The International Association of Wildland Fire has distributed information about the May 10 line of duty death of a firefighter on a wildfire in Quebec, Canada:


  • Name: Sylvain Perron
  • Rank: Firefighter
  • Age: 33
  • Gender: Male
  • Years of Service: 6 years
  • Date of Incident: 10 May 2011
  • Time of Incident: late afternoon
  • Date of Death: 10 May 2011
  • Fire Department: Société de protection des foréets contre le feu (Quebec Provincial Forest Fire Control Agency)
  • Fire Department Address: 1230 Rte. De L’aeroport, Roberval, QC G8H 2M9 Canada

The Société de protection des foréets contre le feu is a public-private partnership, non-profit company in collaboration with Government of Quebec responsible for prevention, detection and suppression of forest fires. It is operated by a board of directors with representatives of the forest industry, private woodlot owners and the Government of Quebec. Employees are strategically placed throughout Quebec as well as at four main bases at Baie-Comeau, Roberval, Maniwaki and Val – d’Or and at the headquarters office in Quebec City. The organization has reportedly more than 400 municipal firefighters trained in wildland firefighting and they also rely on causal firefighters and forestry workers.

Incident Description: Firefighter Perron collapsed while fighting a forest fire near the community of Rouyn-Noranda in the Cléricy sector in northwestern Quebec, Canada. Attempts were made to resuscitate him by other firefighters present until paramedics arrived. He was taken to the hospital ER in Rouyn-Noranda where he was pronounced dead. The incident is being investigated by inspectors from from the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) accompanied by Société de protection des foréets contre le feu (SOPFEU) representatives. Firefighter Perron was based at the Matagami firebase. The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation is listing the death as cardiac arrest while battling the fire.

Incident Location: Near the community of Rouyn-Noranda in the Cléricy sector

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.