Richmond, British Columbia

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Introduction

Richmond is known for its Asian culture and is one of the more civilized areas of Metro Vancouver. Richmond lies just south of Vancouver and north of Delta, BC. It has ranked 25th on the list of populated municipalities in Canada. Richmond is a middle sized city with a fire department with seven halls, an RCMP detachment for law enforcement/police patrol services, and utilizes the British Columbia Ambulance Service aka EHS for pramedic services.

Police

Richmond operates a municipal RCMP detachmen, which serves people who live and work in Richmond. The detachment recently cut over to E-Comm's Next Generation Radio Project, a P-25 Phase 2 network All their communications are fully encrypted and so cannot be monitored. The operations can be received best on the Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, and South Surrey (Whiterock) sites.

Talk Groups

The talkgroups that the Richmond RCMP operate on include but are not limited to the following:

5377 Info
5400 RI RCMP Broadcasts
5401 RI RCMP Dispatch
5402 RI RCMP Tac 2
5403 RI RCMP Tac 3
5404 RI RCMP Tac 4

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

Richmond RCMP are dispatched out of ECOMM on 3301 E Pender Avenue in Vancouver. ECOMM currently dispatches for 36 law enforcement agencies and fire departments in Metro Vancouver, The Sunshine Coast, and Squamish-Whistler. It should be noted that Richmond RCMP dispatch also dispatches University of BC RCMP and operates on the same talkgroups listed above.

Fire

The Richmond Fire-Rescue department is responsible for providing fire protection services to the city. Seven halls are located across the city of Richmond. RFR now uses the ECOMM NGRP and ALL talkgroups have encryption enabled.

Talk Groups

6475 Richmond Fire Dispatch
6490 Richmond Fire All Halls Broadcasts
6442 Richmond Fire Tac 2
6457 Richmond Fire Tac 3
6458 Richmond Fire Tac 4
6462 Richmond Fire Tac 5
6467 Richmond Fire Tac 7
6468 Richmond Fire Tac 8
6089 Richmond Fire Training 1
6090 Richmond Fire Training 2
6091 Richmond Fire Training 3

Halls

1. 6960 Gilbert Road (Temporarily 6931 Granville Road)
2. 11011 #2 Road
3. 9680 Cambie Road
4. 3911 Russ Baker Way
5. 22451 Westminster Highway
6. 9400 #4 Road
7. 5731 #6 Road

In addition, the Vancouver Airport Authority runs a hall near YVR featuring 4 crash tenders.

Dispatch

Like its RCMP detachment, Richmond Fire Rescue is also dispatched out of ECOMM.

Ambulance

In Richmond, BCAS operates on Channel 2, the south regions of Metro Vancouver, on the new ECOMM NGRP system. The communications are currently encrypted and can't be monitored with commercially available scanners.

Talk Groups

Stations

Station 250

Located at 3780 Sexsmith Road near Vancouver International Airport, Station 250's equipment consists of one 12-hour BLS unit (250A), one 11-hour dayshift/7-day unit (250B), and one 11 hour/ 7 Day evening car (250C). Because of station 250's close proximity to Vancouver and the airport, it may be used to cover the far south end of Vancouver and the airport when required.

Station 269

Located on 3999 Williams Road, near the south end of the city, Station 269's equipment consists of two 12-hour cars, one of which is ALS and the other BLS. City Hall, and Richmond Hospital are all in close proximity to this station.

Station 270

This station is found at a terminal of Vancouver Int'l Airport. It contains one car (270B) 11 hour/7 day dayshift unit. One of BCAS's air ambulances can also be found here.

Hospital

Located at 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond Hospital is the sole hospital located in Richmond. This 175-bed facility was founded in 1966, and is managed under the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

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