The 2019 Fire Rescue Community Report outlines the department's mission, reports out on 2018 stats, and highlights the role of each division. 

 Message from the Fire Chief Ron Coulson

Fire Chief Ron Coulson

I am pleased to present Port Moody Fire Rescue’s Community Report for 2019. This
past year was the last in a three-year plan to achieve specific improvements in our
response model. In 2017, we completed an overhaul of our Incident Command System
protocols. In 2018, our suppression team was introduced to an advanced level of
knowledge around the management of fires in high-rise buildings. Finally, in 2019, our
crews completed training in hazardous-materials response. This latter project included
the outfitting of a trailer-based response unit to assist with incidents involving
hazardous materials. Staff worked hard to complete these three initiatives while
continuing with their already robust training schedules.

Over these three years, we also filled four vacant positions for career staff members
and nine vacant positions for volunteer staff members that resulted from attrition.
Looking forward, 2020 will be an exciting year for the Department as we await the arrival of two new fire trucks: Tower 1, with an aerial platform for fire suppression and rescue, and Engine 1, with front-line fire pump and hose configurations. These new pieces, representing phase one of a two-phase heavy apparatus replacement program, will be a vital part of our front-line response fleet. Port Moody Fire Rescue staff continue to be wholly dedicated to this community.

In November 2019, City Council recognized the efforts of the Port Moody Firefighters’ Charitable Society with an
Exceptional Civic Service Award, a well-deserved honour. I’m proud to lead the members of this team and have great admiration for both their on-duty efforts and their off-duty charitable work.

Department structure 
Department org chart
2019 by the numbers

 2019 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 2018, the PMFR Training Division facilitated the delivery of more than 8,195 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 firefightersVolunteer 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.