Port Moody, British Columbia

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Introduction

Located in the northeastern part of Metro Vancouver, in the Tri-Cities region, Port Moody is best symbolized for its fishing areas and seaside atmosphere. Port Moody's borders are Coquitlam to the east, the villages of Anmore and Belacarra to the north, and Burnaby to the west. Emergency services to the city of Port Moody are provided by two firehalls, a city police department, and of course, the British Columbia Ambulance Service.

Police

The Port Moody Police operate on the ECOMM Wide Area Radio System, an 800MHz EDACS system. Their transmissions are all ProVoice digital and currently cannot be monitored. Their operations can normally be received on the Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, and Vancouver WARS sites.

Talk Groups

The talkgroups used by the Port Moody Police include, but are not limited to:

648 05-010 Port Moody Police Broadcasts
649 05-011 Port Moody Police Dispatch
650 05-012 Port Moody Police
651 05-013 Port Moody Police
652 05-014 Port Moody Police

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

Dispatch

Port Moody Police are dispatched out of a centre at the police station on 3051 St. Johns Street in Port Moody. The centre is typically staffed with one disptacher and ? dedicated call takers. Like all other law enforcement agencies in British Columbia, the Port Moody Police are on the BC PRIME CAD system for effective dispatch and public records management.

Fire

Port Moody FIre-Rescue Services is a composite department meaning that they staff both career staff and volunteer staff. Port Moody now has only two halls. Hall 1, located at 200 Ioco Road, staffs two engines, a ladder truck, and a communications van which is now permanently out of service but was used when Port Moody Fire was self-dispatched. Hall 2 is located at 955 Glenayre Drive and has an engine, an equipment supply car, and an antique Port Moody engine which is now out of service, but was used through the late 19th century to the late 20th century. Hall 1 has a minimum of 2 volunteers while Hall 2 is strictly a volunteer hall. Port Moody Fire volunteers do not stay at the halls while on duty. Rather, they are used as auxilary staff and respond whenever their pagers are alerted. In the event of a citywide event or emergency, volunteer crew members may be issued a "stand-by call." This requires them to go directly to the appropriate hall in order to be able to respond in the event that there is a run in the area. In large fire scenarios, volunteers may be alerted and sent to the fire directly and the neighbouring municipalities may take over until there is at least one piece of apparatus available.

Talk Groups

1476 11-084 Port Moody Fire Dispatch
1491 11-103 Port Moody Fire All Hall Broadcasts
1443 11-043 Port Moody Fire Tac 2
1137 08-141 Port Moody Fire Tac 3
1138 08-142 Port Moody Fire Tac 4
1139 08-143 Port Moody Fire Tac 5
63 00-077 Port Moody Fire Tac 6 (CE)
1145 08-151 Port Moody Fire Training 1
1146 08-152 Port Moody Fire Training 2
1147 08-153 Port Moody Fire Training 3

Simplex Frequencies

153.83 - Volunteer pagers (volunteers respond on a WARS talkgroup as assigned).

Dispatch

Port Moody Fire is dispatched out of ECOMM 911 on 3301 E Pender Avenue in Vancouver. Currently, ECOMM dispatches for eight police departments/R.C.M.P. detachments and eleven fire departments in Metro Vancouver. What is notable is that the same dispatchers dispatch for both Vancouver and Port Moody fire departments. They have been known to forget to whom they were talking to on several occassions.

Ambulance

BCAS are dispatched in Port Moody on Channel 1 of the ECOMM Wide Area Radio System. The communications are ProVoice digital and currentlly not monitorable by any scanner.

Talk Groups

1800 14-010 BCAS Area 1 Broadcasts
1801 14-011 BCAS Area 1 Dispatch
1804 14-014 BCAS Area 1 Tac 1
1805 14-015 BCAS Area 1 Tac 2
1806 14-016 BCAS Area 1 Tac 3
1825 14-041 BCAS Hospital Transfers (available in all Metro Vancouver ambulances)

Station 259

Station 259's location is 220 Ioco Road near Firehall #1. It is currently staffed by one BLS 12-hour car, one BLS day (11 hour/7day) car, and two ALS D shift cars (259D1 and 259D2).

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