The City of Port Moody is pleased to announce Ron Coulson will take on the role of fire chief, effective February 6, 2017. 

Coulson brings with him 26 years of experience in fire and rescue services. He started his career as a fire suppression member with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS), working his way up to lieutenant and captain. Coulson will leave his current position of Assistant Chief, VFRS, Occupational Health and Safety Division, which involves duty-chief responsibilities and the management of all safety-related VFRS operations. 

“We are excited to welcome Ron to Port Moody Fire Rescue” said Mayor Mike Clay. “I am certain he will be an asset to our executive team and a strong leader for our hard-working and highly skilled Fire and Rescue Department. On behalf of the City and Council, we look forward to working with Ron as he builds positive connections within our growing and dynamic community.” 

Coulson has received specialized training in a variety of subjects, including fireboat operations and fire investigations. He is also a trained instructor with experience teaching Fire Officer, Emergency Medical Services, and Automobile Extrication courses. Coulson has led a number of major projects for VFRS focusing on professional development and health and wellness initiatives, such as the development of a peer critical incident stress management program. 

Before launching his career in fire and rescue services, Coulson was a secondary school teacher and sports coach in Port Moody. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and has taken Fire Officer training through VFRS and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. 

The City of Port Moody began its search for a new fire chief after the previous chief, Remo Faedo, announced his retirement after 27 years of service with Port Moody Fire Rescue.