The 2023 Fire Rescue Community Report outlines the department's mission, reports out on 2023 stats, and highlights the role of each division. 

 Message from the Fire Chief Darcey O'Riordan

Fire Chief Darcey O'Riordan

I am pleased to present the Port Moody Fire Rescue Community Report for 2023. Port Moody Fire Rescue has had a busy and impactful year, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the community.

Emergency incident demand increased by 11 per cent to 1,756 responses, reflecting the growing challenges and the crucial role the Fire Rescue team plays in ensuring public safety.

Port Moody firefighters also responded to the historic 2023 wildfire season with three deployments to the Okanagan region, demonstrating the department’s readiness to assist in times of provincial emergencies and highlighting a commitment beyond local boundaries.

PMFR staff engaged in more than 6,100 hours of training in 2023, including a variety of specialized training such as IAFF fireground survival, industry partner training, and wildfire sprinkler protection. Team members once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to maintaining a highly skilled and prepared firefighting force.

In April, we held our inaugural PMFR Junior Firefighter Outreach Camp. Six Grade 11 and 12 students spent four days learning about firefighting and acquiring lifesaving skills. We hope to see the students as career firefighters in the years to come.

We thank Mayor and Council for supporting the expansion of the department to ensure the community’s safety. In the fall we hired six new recruits, and after nine weeks of training they were on shift serving our community on first-line fire apparatus.

Port Moody Fire Rescue prides itself on its dedication to the community and serving Port Moody with trust, integrity, service, and teamwork. In 2024 and beyond, Port Moody Fire Rescue is committed to maintaining a high standard of service and continuously evolving to meet the dynamic needs of the community.

Department structure 
2020 Department org chart
2023 by the numbers

 fire rescue - 2023 by the numbers

 

 What we do

operations divisionOperations Division

The Operations Division is responsible for fire suppression services, emergency medical responder 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.

Training DivisionTraining 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 2023, the PMFR Training Division facilitated the delivery of 6,105 hours of training. 

 

Community safety divisionCommunity 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. 

Emergency ManagementEmergency Management

The Emergency Management 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.