The primary mandate of the Pitt Meadows Fire Rescue Service (PMFRS) is to protect life, property and the environment from fire and natural or man-made emergencies. At the core of the department is a highly dedicated and trained group of 35-40 paid-on-call volunteer firefighters. Five additional career staff are responsible for department management, supervision, inspections, training, public education and operational readiness. Collectively, they perform all aspects of department operations and respond to a wide variety of emergency incidents across four key areas:
The PMFRS responds to incidents involving or potentially involving fire. This includes fire alarm activations of all types. They assess the problem, protect lives and property, and minimize damage to the environment.
In support of the BC Ambulance Service, PMFRS are trained as First Responders for medical emergencies. PMFRS responds to the most serious life-threatening calls such as heart attacks, major trauma, diabetics, falls/collapse, poisonings and overdoses as classified and dispatched by BC Ambulance Service.
Rescue and Safety
PMFRS also responds to a wide range of other miscellaneous incidents such as motor vehicle and aircraft accidents, dangerous goods spills, wires down, damage to gas lines, and complaints of various types including opening burning.
Public Education & Prevention
In order to reduce the occurrence and potential consequences of fires, the department proactively provides prevention & inspections programs as per the BC Fire Code. PMFRS also provides fire & life safety education and emergency preparedness training information and programs to a wide variety of community groups, including schools. In addition the department participates with Pitt Meadows Secondary to facilitate the Youth Firefighter Academy to provide fire service training as part of the schools work experience program.
Fire Chief Don Jolley strives to make Pitt Meadows the safest community in the province through education, prevention, and effective incident response using professional and dedicated personnel.
Don has a Bachelor’s degree in geography from SFU, a Certificate of Emergency Management from the Justice Institute of BC, and a Diploma in Local Government Administration from Capilano University. He earned his Chief Fire Officer designation from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and his Professional Manager Designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.
Don entered into the first responder role as a ski patroller and was “immediately fascinated with the reward and excitement” of helping others. Don worked for more than 20 years as a BC Ambulance Service paramedic, retiring as Advanced Life Support. During this time, he volunteered as a fire fighter in Pitt Meadows. In 2001, he was appointed full-time Deputy Fire Chief, and in 2008 promoted to Fire Chief.
In addition to Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue, Don is the 1st Vice President of the Fire Chiefs Association of BC and Editorial writer for Fire Fighting in Canada magazine. He is an instructor at the Justice Institute of BC in multiple disciplines and sits on several governance and educational advisory boards. These roles keep him connected to the cutting edge of public safety in order to bring them back to the community.
Don resides with his wife in Pitt Meadows. He’s an avid golfer, sports enthusiast, and Seahawks fan.