Fire Service

Over 75 years of service

The original fire department was created in 1948 and served the three villages of Hudson, Hudson Heights, and Como under the leadership of the first fire chief, Lorne Dufresne, who was also the local police chief.

The garage, located at 523 Main Road, served as the first fire station starting in 1959 and, over the years, underwent numerous renovations to accommodate the growing fleet of vehicles and personnel. Then, in 1969, the three villages merged to form what is now known as the town of Hudson, and the Hudson Fire Department was renamed accordingly.

In 2013, a new fire station was built just behind the original building and serves as the current station. It is located at 529 Main Road and now houses an engine, a tanker, a ladder truck, a rescue unit, a medical vehicle, a rescue boat, and a utility vehicle. The new station was built according to new standards and includes offices, bathrooms with showers, a training room that transforms into an emergency coordination center, a kitchen, and utility rooms reserved for equipment maintenance as well as commercial washing stations for equipment decontamination.



The organization of the Fire Department is composed of part-time firefighters as well as 2 full-time captains. The total staff is distributed as follows: 2 executives (1 director, 1 assistant director), 4 captains, 3 lieutenants, 24 firefighters, and 1 fire prevention officer.

Within the organization, the assistant director is responsible for managing operations, one captain is responsible for coordinating training/rolling equipment, one captain is responsible for coordinating first responders/equipment, one captain is responsible for coordinating prevention/documentation, and one captain is responsible for coordinating operations communications. All personnel respond to emergency situations and perform various administrative and/or occupational tasks, day and night, including weekends.

Mission and vision

The MISSION of the Fire Department is to protect people in the community and their property against fire and other disasters. Fire fighters provide optimal protection against all hazards, while maintaining quality standards.

The VISION of the Fire Department is to provide residents with an unparalleled quality of service. Fire fighters bring leadership and innovation to the task of fire safety. They maintain the identity and authentic flair associated with the Fire Department and the community they serve.

Operations Divison

All fire calls are treated as “general calls.” This principle is applied to ensure the adequate number of responding personnel as prescribed by the Risk Coverage Plan of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

In the case of a “medical” call, the on-duty personnel (3 firefighters according to the weekly scheduled shifts) respond with the first responder vehicle.

In addition to regular services, the fire department offers the population specialties in extrication, water rescue, ice rescue, and off-road rescue. This represents an average of 600 to 650 calls per year.

The fleet of vehicles of the Fire Department is composed of:


Ladder truck

Medical vehicle

Utility vehicle


Rescue unit

Rescue Boat

Off-road vehicle

Fire Prevention Division

Prevention is undeniably a key activity for the success of the Hudson Fire Department (HFD) and for all fire services. The role of the Prevention Division is to eliminate and prevent fire risks within the territory of the Town of Hudson.

Directly related to the number one objective of the ministerial guidelines in fire safety, the Prevention Division ensures that the town’s population and infrastructure are safe and comply with regulatory requirements. To achieve its objectives, the division produces public education campaigns in which prevention messages are disseminated. For this purpose, we offer public education sessions in various environments and establishments. In partnership with other divisions, it also develops management tools and conducts fire investigations (RCCI). The HFD’s prevention officer is also an active member of the Suroît Regional Fire Prevention Committee, which brings together prevention officers from several towns.

The Prevention Division uses a Prevention Plan, including five fire prevention programs, to maximize prevention efforts and document everything for better organization. The overall Prevention Plan meets the expectations prescribed by the Fire Safety Act and the risk coverage plan and aims to:

  • Reduce human and material losses in our territory;
  • Ensure effective management of prevention activities;
  • Plan prevention activities in advance to minimize time loss and disorganization.


  • The smoke detector verification program in residences aims to raise citizen awareness about fire risks and ensure their safety by checking the proper functioning of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


  • The risk inspection program involves inspecting higher-risk buildings in the territory to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.
  • In addition to being a ministerial obligation, this objective is a commitment of the risk coverage plan.


  • Public education programs remain one of the best means to effectively communicate the importance of adopting safe behaviors to prevent fire risks.
  • The Prevention Division is responsible for developing educational tools aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of fire prevention.


  • The work of researching the causes and circumstances of a fire is one of the most important activities when a fire occurs.
  • A thorough investigation allows determining the probable cause of the fire and establishing the circumstances that led to the blaze.
  • The analysis of these incidents guides future prevention messages to reduce the recurrence of incidents related to one of the identified causes.


  • Fire safety regulations are a crucial element to ensure the population’s safety, reduce the number of fires, and preserve the municipality’s heritage. To a large extent, prevention cannot be separated from regulation.
  • Municipal fire safety regulations are a key tool for a fire prevention division. Without regulations, interveners often cannot fully carry out inspections and recommendations due to a lack of means and cooperation from building owners. With adequate regulation, a Fire Safety Service can advance and resolve many issues.


529 Main Road, Hudson (Québec) J0P 1H0
Reception: 450-458-5347, ext 5222

Daniel Leblanc, Director
Telephone: 450-458-5347, ext 5221

Kris Sodo, Captain, Fire Prevention Division / Documentation
Telephone: 450-458-5347, ext 5225

First Responder Division


Since 1992, the HFD’s PR-3 level First Responder service has been providing quick and efficient responses to life-threatening emergencies while awaiting the arrival of paramedics. This is due to their proximity to the population.  The First Responder team consists of 3 firefighters on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This constant state of alertness of our firefighters makes them the allies of choice in situations where every minute counts.

The Direction des services préhospitaliers d’urgences, currently under the governance of Dr. Ross, has developed a series of protocols adapted to the four levels of First Responder services in Québec:
– PR-DEA: responds to calls of a high possibility of cardiorespiratory arrest;
– PR-1: responds to the high potential of cardiorespiratory arrest and severe allergic reaction calls;
– PR-2: responds to cardiorespiratory arrest, severe allergic reaction and severe trauma calls;
– PR-3: responds to cardiorespiratory arrest, allergic reaction, severe trauma and urgent medical calls

To be qualified as a First Responder for the HFD, members must successfully complete the initial 60-hour training provided by a mandated agency. They must then maintain their skills by completing 12 hours of training annually.

According to the definition of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, a first responder:

Provides emergency services and stabilization to a person whose condition requires care, in accordance with clinical intervention protocols at a recognized level of training.

The first reponder works with the ambulance paramedics. The first responder applies treatment protocols to prevent deterioration of the condition of the person in distress and transfers responsibility for care to the ambulance paramedics when they arrive at the scene.


529 Main Road, Hudson Québec J0P 1H0
Reception: 450-458-5347, ext. 5222

Daniel Leblanc, Director
Telephone: 450-458-5347, ext. 5221

Shane Bonnemeyers, Captain, First Responders / Equipment division
Telephone: 450-458-5347, ext. 5323