The 2018 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

Fire Chief Ron CoulsonI’m pleased to present our annual community report for 2018. This past year saw the true benefit of the 2016-17 department restructuring, with nearly twice as many training hours per staff member. This intense level of training allows us to ensure a constant state of readiness to meet the challenges and risks present in our diverse community.

Looking at our 2018 statistics, our overall incident responses are down slightly from 2017. This reflects a change in the distribution of first responder medical calls from the Province.

Throughout the year, our engaged staff and volunteers continued to donate their time through the Port Moody Firefighters Charitable Society, raising funds – nearly $80,000 in 2018 – for local causes.

In addition to serving our community, Port Moody Fire Rescue was able to support the City of Richmond and the District of Kent by providing equipment and staff during the 2018 wildfire season. The City of Port Moody also sent one our deputy fire chiefs and another senior member of staff to Fort St. James to work in the district’s Emergency Operations Centre when that community was under threat from a large fire near Shovel Lake.

I’m proud of our fire service and staff for their dedication and selfless commitment to public service, and I believe Port Moody residents and visitors have reason to be proud as well.

Department structure 
Department org chart
2018 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.