Coquitlam, British Columbia

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Introduction

The City of Coquitlam, a part of the Tri-Cities region of Metro Vancouver, has a population, as of 2007, of 120,512. Coquitlam shares its namesake RCMP detachment, Coquitlam RCMP, with the neighbouring, and smaller, city of Port Coquitlam. Coquitlam Fire Rescue provides first responder and fire/rescue services and the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) provides emergency health services.

Police

The Coquitlam RCMP operate on the ECOMM Wide Area Radio System (WARS), a Ma/Com EDACS trunked radio system. The communications are ProVoice and not monitoreable by an commercially available scanner. Their operations can normally be received on the Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Burnaby and Maple Ridge WARS sites.

Talk Groups

The talk groups the Coquitlam RCMP operate on include, but are not limited to:

432 03-060 Coquitlam RCMP Broadcast
433 03-061 Coquitlam RCMP Dispatch
434 03-062 Coquitlam RCMP Dispatch 2 
435 03-063 Coquitlam RCMP Information
436 03-064 Coquitlam RCMP Chat
437 03-065 Coquitlam RCMP Tactical 2
438 03-066 Coquitlam RCMP

All police departments and RCMP detachments in Metro Vancouver also have access to a large number of police mutual aid channels enabling interoperability while working in other jurisdictions or with other agencies such as Fire and Ambulance.

Dispatch

The Coquitlam RCMP operate out of their main detachment at 2986 Guildford Way Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5. The Coquitlam Operational Communications Centre (OCC) is also located in this building. At regular staffing, the Coquitlam RCMP operate with 2 dispatchers, 1 dispatch and 1 information, and ? dedicated call takers. The Coquitlam RCMP, along with all police departments in British Columbia, operate on the PRIME CAD system for dispatching and records management.

Fire

Coquitlam Fire Rescue (CFR) is a composite department, although the majority of the departments day-to-day operations run with career staff. There are 4 firehalls within the city, 3 of which are staffed by career personell and 1 that stores volunteer trucks. The volunteer trucks in Coquitlam do not respond directly to calls in their area, the Burke Mountain neighbourhood. The volunteers are used when there is a major incident ocurring in the city and staff auxilary apparatus to provide coverage to the rest of the city while the career staff work at the incident. In some cases of major fires, the volunteer staff may be called directly to the fire and the neighbouring cities of Port Moody and Port Coquitlam may provide mutual aid coverage. Auxillary apparatus also exist at Austin Heights and Mariner firehalls.

Halls

Firehall 1 (Town Centre)

1300 Pinetree Way Engine 1, Engine 5

Firehall 1
Firehall 1
Firehall 2 (Mariner)

775 Mariner Way Engine 2, Truck 1 (2 piece unit Rescue & Tower), Engine 11 (auxiliary engine)

Firehall 2
Firehall 2
Firehall 3 (Austin Heights)

428 Nelson St Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 12 (auxiliary engine)

Firehall 3
Firehall 3
Firehall 4 (Burke Mountain)

1424 Coast Meridian Rd Engine 10 (auxiliary engine)

Firehall 4
Firehall 4

Dispatch

CFR operates its own dispatch centre out of Town Centre Firehall at 1300 Pinetree Way Coquitlam, BC. The dispatch centre is staffed by 1 uniformed CFR dispatcher each shift. Shift relief during breaks is supplied by a trained fire fighter on each shift. CFR employs 4 full time dispatchers and no part time dispatchers. CFR dispatcher is located at the top of a turret like structure in Town Centre Firehall. A cot is provided to the dispatchers for night shifts and a loud speaker alerts the dispatcher of an incomming emergency phone call. As a back up, after a designated number of rings, the hall's speakers open up and a fire fighter must run up the stairs to answer the phone or alert the dispatcher. CFR is likely the last fire department in Metro Vancouver to use pen and paper for call taking and dispatching of apparatus.

Talk Groups

CFR recently made the move over to the ECOMM WARS after using its own 800MHz conventional frequencies for years.

1481 11-091 Coquitlam Fire Broadcast
1034 08-012 Coquitlam Fire Dispatch
1041 08-013 Coquitlam Fire Tactical 2
1042 08-014 Coquitlam Fire Tactical 3
1043 08-015 Coquitlam Fire Tactical 4
1044 08-016 Coquitlam Fire Tactical 5
1045 08-017 Coquitlam Fire Tactical 6
1046 08-018 Coquitlam Fire Tactical 8
65   00-081 Combined Events - Coquitlam

CFR uses a fast two tone DTMF for firehall alerting on the dispatch talk group. Currently, CFR only uses the dispatch talk group for all operations. Further testing is underway on use of other talk groups.

Ambulance

The City of Coquitlam is served by only 1 station within its limits. However, Vancouver and New Westminster have multiple stations which serve to cover Coquitlam as well as their respective cities. This BCAS station is dispatched on channel 1 which is located on the ECOMM WARS. BCAS transmission on this system are ProVoice and not monitorable by any commercially available scanner.

Talk Groups

1800 14-010 BCAS Area 1 Broadcasts
1801 14-011 BCAS Area 1 Dispatch
1804 14-014 BCAS Area 1 Tactical 1
1805 14-015 BCAS Area 1 Tactical 2
1806 14-016 BCAS Area 1 Tactical 3

Station 263

Station 263
Station 263

Station 263 is located in an old house on the grounds of the old Riverview Hospital, 2601 Lougheed Hwy Coquitlam, BC. The station is home to 4 BCAS cars, 3 Basic Life Support (BLS) operating on different shifts, 263A, 263B and 263C, and 1 car designated for patient transfers only, 263P.

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