Letters to the Editor

Fire was not at Langley Lodge

Editor: The article on  the front page of the Feb. 18, 2014 edition of The Times mentions a fire last April at the “Elm building at Langley Lodge.”

I wish to correct this statement. The Elm building is not part of Langley Lodge. The Langley Lions Senior Citizens Housing Society owns and operates the Elm building, which is part of Rainbow Lodge. Langley Lodge, a long-term care facility, is owned and operated by the Langley Care Society.

In 2008, the Langley Care Society commissioned a complete renovation of its building to comply with new code requirements for residential care facilities in B.C., imposed in October, 2009. Langley Lodge is a concrete structure, fully equipped with fire suppression systems, including sprinklers. The Langley Care Society invested $28 million to improve and expand its facilities, in order to minimize risks, improve safety and provide for a better quality of life for our residents.

As an organization, we are very concerned about the incidence of fires in housing complexes that are designed for older adults and those with mobility issues. The recent fire at the Residence du H’Avre in L’Isle Verte, Quebec was very tragic and frightening for those of us who are entrusted with the care of the elderly.

In January, the board of directors of the Langley Care Society met to review our facility’s fire safety procedures. Our fire safety systems are regularly inspected, tested and maintained.

The CEO and operations leadership are responsible for conducting monthly fire drills and for annual fire response training of all personnel. We have also met in the past week with the City of Langley Fire Prevention Officer for a review of our fire safety procedures.

We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our residents, in the unlikely event of a fire in Langley Lodge.

 

Debra Hauptman, CEO,

Langley Care Society

Editor’s note — The Times regrets the error.

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