June 19, 2017 9:54 pm
Updated: June 20, 2017 12:14 am

Montreal firefighters take to the streets to raise funds for flood victims

WATCH ABOVE: Montreal firefighters saw firsthand the devastating impacts of the recent floods on local communities. As Global’s Matt Grillo reports, it motivated them to organize an island-wide fundraiser.

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After the May floods damaged many homes in Montreal, firefighters are lending a helping hand again.

Approximately 2,400 firefighters are expected to take part in the fundraising initiative.

“It’s part of our job to help people so, for us, it’s nothing,” Vincent Lepage, firefighter, said.

The idea to collect came from Yann Lefebvre, captain of Station 51 in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

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He says once he pitched the idea both the city and union jumped on board.

“Now that the rollback has happened basically everybody, the army has gone back, police has gone back, fire has gone back, we realize that there’s a great need for many, many people,” Lefebvre said.

The money will be given to the Red Cross who will then distribute the funds accordingly.

Money is expected to help with temporary housing and replace any items not covered under Quebec’s financial aid program.

“Even if the water is not still there, the people still need help and need money to rebuild their homes,” Lepage said.

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Lefebvre says collecting funds doesn’t stop after Monday.

Firefighters are expected to be out on Friday as well.

“All the grief that we saw also motivated me to propose this idea,” Lefebvre said. “We just want to raise as much money as possible.”

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