Coquitlam Fire/Rescue employs over 160 full-time fire suppression, prevention, training and dispatch personnel along with an authorized complement of 45 auxiliary fire suppression staff. Emergency response to building fires is only one of the Fire/Rescue Department’s core roles and responsibilities. Medical emergencies account for up to 50% of the emergency responses each year and all fire fighters and officers are trained through the First Responders program to provide valuable life-saving medical treatment until arrival of an ambulance.
Fire/Rescue provides emergency response to specialized and technical rescues such as those involving heights, industry, confined space, trench and water. Hazardous Materials incidents at railways and trucking or other modes of transport are mitigated by highly trained, equipped and certified personnel operating out of the Austin Fire Station. Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is one of only a few departments in the Province that is trained and equipped to assist with Wildland Interface fires and has been deployed numerous times in aid of other areas and communities.
A recent joint initiative with the City of New Westminster enhances our Instructor and structural collapse team members’ capabilities to respond to building collapse incidents such as the recent earthquake that struck New Zealand. Further training is planned which will train all fire fighters in structure collapse and rapid building assessment.
Station Officer and Chief Officer Succession programs prepare senior staff to ensure effective supervision and management of the emergency incidents. Training, education and certification are vital to meeting greater expanding legal requirements and each year thousands of hours are dedicated to keeping staff skill sets current.
In addition to these important emergency response requirements, Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is very active in promoting Fire Prevention and Education Programs. Approximately 6,000 citizens benefited from the various prevention programs that are available such as school education, fire extinguisher training, fire reduction instruction, juvenile fire-setter interventions and public relation events.
Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is also required to carry out up to 7,000 inspections of multi-family residences, industrial, institutional and commercial buildings each year. Fire Prevention personnel complete fire investigations to determine the cause of fires and check building plans for compliance to the Fire Code related to life safety issues. The Office of the Fire Commissioner requires information on any reportable structure and/or major vehicle fires and these are forwarded to the Province for statistical purposes.
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