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Fire safety act: First ruling by the Québec Superior Court on the interpretation of the immunity contained in the act

Since the adoption of the Fire Safety Act (R.S.Q., ch. S-3.4) (hereinafter “Act”), which came into force on September 1, 2000, cities and municipalities that have adopted a fire safety cover plan (hereinafter “Cover Plan”), can, in certain cases, benefit from an exemption of liability during the course of their intervention following a fire on their territory. The Superior Court recently addressed the issue of the firefighters’ immunity under Article 47 of the Act in the case of Lombard General Insurance Company of Canada vs. City of St- Jérôme.

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