Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Services is a composite department of 40 to 50 members, which includes staff and paid-on-call volunteers.
The Fire Department is currently under the direction of a career fire chief and two career deputy fire chiefs:
- Fire Chief Mike Larsson
- Deputy Fire Chief, Prevention (Vacant)
- Deputy Fire Chief, Training & Operations, Tracy Warren
The Fire Department also has a full-time administrative assistant, Sandie Mallan.
The Department employs eight full-time career firefighters who work seven days per week on a rotating four on/four off schedule.
All other members are paid-on-call (POC) volunteers and are organized as follows:
- 1 Assistant POC Chief
- 4 POC Captains
- 40 POC Volunteer Firefighters (maximum contingent)
The department is proud to have representation from a large cross-section of the community and to be an equal opportunity organization.
Members are trained in and expected to perform all of the duties of a firefighter and, if necessary, the duties of an officer.
In December 2022, Pitt Meadows City Council unanimously approved the addition of nine career firefighters, which includes two lieutenants, six firefighters and one training officer. The recruitment of nine firefighters will commence in December with the goal of additional firefighters being in place in early 2023. Read the full media release.
The Fire Department has one Fire Hall, which is temporarily located at the Pitt Meadows Airport.
A new Fire Hall is being constructed in its former location in the town centre at 19240 122A Avenue (just east of Harris Road). Learn about the New Fire Hall Replacement Project.
Fire Vehicles / Apparatus
The Fire Department maintains a fleet of vehicles and fire apparatus for firefighting and rescue situations:
- Engine 1 - 2021 Pierce Enforcer Triple Combination Pumper
- Engine 2 - 2011 Pierce Arrow XT Triple Combination Pumper
- Engine 3 - 1998 Mack Cab-over Chassis Triple Combination Pumper
- Rescue 1 - 2022 Freightliner Rescue/Rehab Unit
- Quint 1 - 2008 Quint Ladder/Engine Combination Apparatus
- Squad 1 - 2011 Ford F-350 4X4 Crew Cab
- Utility Trailer
- Command Vehicles - 301 / 302 / 303 / 304
Fire Department Response
The department provides fire suppression, fire prevention, fire and life safety education, vehicle and aircraft rescue, and first responder medical care to the City of Pitt Meadows.
The department has aid agreements with surrounding communities to provide additional resources and specialized response to incidents, such as hazardous materials and technical rescue.
The department responds to approximately 700 - 800 incidents annually. Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Services responded to 774 calls in 2021 and 828 calls in 2022, which is up significantly from 622 in 2020. Calls can include fires, alarms, explosions, medical emergencies, floods, rail transport incidents, motor vehicle accidents, or circumstances necessitating rescue efforts.