The 2020 Fire Rescue Community Report outlines the department's mission, reports out on 2020 stats, and highlights the role of each division. 

 Message from the Fire Chief Ron Coulson

Fire Chief Ron Coulson

 I am again pleased to present the Port Moody Fire Rescue Community Report for 2020. This past year was unlike any other we have experienced as a community, or as a Department. From the time it became apparent that a unique and dangerous strain of the novel-coronavirus had arrived in our region, through the declaration of a global pandemic, a provincial health emergency, and a provincial state of emergency that has become the longest in our history, we have had to adapt all aspects of our service model so that we could continue to deliver services to our citizens in need. As well, PMFR provided structure and oversight for our City’s Emergency Operations Centre which has been operational since March 14, 2020. My hope is that this report will give you a view into our operational adaptations, as well as demonstrate how the staff at PMFR has met the challenge of COVID-19 with professionalism and pride.

Our incident volume was significantly lower in 2020 as our community hunkered down in the early days of the crisis combined with an adjusted medical incident response model designed to conserve PPE and keep the risk of exposure to a minimum. That being said, we were still able to continue to deliver our core services and maintain our skills. A significant highlight included the arrival and placement into service of our newest additions to our fleet, Tower 1 and Engine 1. The arrival of a new engine allowed us to retire and donate our oldest engine to the Seton Valley Volunteer Fire Department, serving the communities of Seton Portage and the First Nations community of Shalath.

Our community outreach and volunteer charitable initiatives were severely curtailed or altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of those initiatives went virtual this year, and we are hopeful for the day when we can return to seeing all at our annual pancake breakfast, amongst other events.

Port Moody Fire Rescue prides itself in its dedication to community, and we will continue to be there for our City through the most difficult of times. As I prepare to transfer command to a new Fire Chief in 2021, I’d like to extend my sincerest appreciation for the confidence and trust the community has shown in me as your Fire Chief over the past four and a half years.

Department structure 
2020 Department org chart
2020 by the numbers

 2020 by the numbers

 What we do

Boat on fireOperations Division

The Operations Division is responsible for fire suppression services, first responder medical services, life-safety/rescue response services, and specialized rescue services. Operations also assists in the delivery of community safety initiatives including premise inspections and public education programming. This Division also oversees the management of the Port Moody Fire Rescue apparatus fleet and Department facilities.

Fire staff rescuing man from mudflatsTraining Division

The Training Division is responsible for the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of all training of Department staff. Industry best practices, regulatory requirements, and operational needs all drive the scope of the training programs. In 2020, the PMFR Training Division facilitated the delivery of more than 4,414 hours of training. 

Booth at local eventCommunity Safety Division

The Community Safety Division is responsible for all fire prevention services, life-safety educational programming, and community outreach initiatives. Members of this Division support Operations by providing fire investigative services. Fire prevention services include regular fire safety inspections, problem premise inspections, institutional inspections, fire and building code interpretation and enforcement, and liaising with the City’s Building and Bylaw divisions on new                               construction code compliance.

Staff planning for an emergencyEmergency Management

The Community Safety Division is responsible for emergency management and disaster response planning. The Division’s scope includes planning for, and managing, a major emergency response, managing the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, managing a complete post-disaster recovery, training staff and community volunteers, and providing emergency planning information to the public.

Volunteer firefightersPort Moody Volunteer Firefighter’s Association

The Port Moody Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is composed of 20 community-oriented individuals who supplement career staff at major incidents, and are heavily involved in community events. They meet for weekly training, are led by an executive, and fall under the stewardship of the Operations Division of PMFR.