Fire & Emergency Response

Port Coquitlam firefighters are capable of responding to a variety of emergencies, including fires, medical calls, motor vehicle incidents, hazardous materials, and rescue scenarios. The department operates at a Full-Service Operations Level, as described in the British Columbia Fire Service Minimum Training Standards Playbook.

Citizens receive professional service provided by full time, professional rescue crews trained in:

  • Fire suppression
  • First Responder Level III (The highest level of emergency medical service allowed by the Provincial Emergency Health
  • Act for fire department personnel)
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation
  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Rescues – technical, rope, high angle, confined space
  • Hazardous material response
  • Motor vehicle extrication and patient care
  • Emergency vehicle operations and driving techniques
  • West Coast Express – rapid transit rail line emergency

Suppression Training

Suppression training includes a wide variety of skills, including:

  • S.C.B.A.
  • Ladders / aerial ladders
  • Pumping operations
  • Auto extrication
  • Incident Management System
  • Confined space
  • First Responder (medical) – Automatic External Defibrillators and CPR
  • Ropes and knots
  • Airbags and pneumatic tools
  • High angle rescue
  • Hazardous materials operations
  • Rapid Intervention Team
  • Ventilation
  • Hose and appliances
  • Special pumping operations
  • Tandem, dual and relay pumping
  • Friction Loss Calculations
  • Foam systems (Class A & B Alcoseal)
  • Aerial ladder and elevated waterways
  • Scenario training
  • Smoke house training
  • Search procedures
  • Live fire – vehicle and structures
  • High rise fires
  • Acting officer training
  • Confined space entry and equipment
  • Supplied air respirators
  • Atmospheric monitoring
  • Victim packaging
  • Retrieval systems
  • Low bank rescue