This page was set up on November 16, 2014 for articles of interest relative to protective services and emergency preparedness. Please scroll down the page for earlier articles. To link to the previous page Click Here.
RCMP and Green Machine host community shredding event
RCMP and Green Machine host community shredding event ~ March 17, 2018. One of the keys to protecting yourself from fraud is shredding your documents. On March 17, 2018 to help make sure you don’t become a victim. Click HERE to view details on the shredding event.
10 Tips for Safe and Comfortable Winter Hiking (26-11-17)
Coquitlam Search and Rescue locates missing resident
Courtesy Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, 22-11-17
"Imagine a group of people -- men and women -- who get up in the middle of the night, don layers of protective clothing, and go out in storms and inclement weather to look for someone they've never met, someone they don’t know. Imagine a group of people who spend their weekends training so that they're ready to respond when someone needs help. Imagine a group that DOESN'T GET PAID, yet still responds -- day and night -- when called to assist. A group that decides that it's their responsibility when someone gets lost in their community. A group that decides that, when someone gets lost in ANOTHER community, they'll respond there as well.
Today, Coquitlam Search and Rescue concluded a successful search for 56-year-old dog-walker Annette Poitras, as she was rescued and returned to safety, along with the three dogs she had with her when she went missing on Monday afternoon. Almost 48 hours lost, in very wet and cold forest conditions.
It might be that the average citizen doesn't perceive Search and Rescue (SAR) to be heros; in fact, they might not even realize that they're volunteers. That they DON'T GET PAID.
I've been to quite a few Coquitlam SAR rescues over the years, though the mayor’s role is typically (and jokingly) to bring coffee and donuts. Coquitlam SAR is made up of a tremendous dedicated group of skilled individuals who commit to incredible training, to certification, to being available as needed, to dropping everything to help, and to the fact that so many of their searches will not result in a rescue.
To be clear, "Search and Rescue" don't always go together; sometimes the "Search" doesn't result in the "Rescue". Today it did. Today, Coquitlam SAR succeeded in rescuing a resident who had been missing for almost 48 hours, in difficult weather conditions, in an unforgiving part of our mountainous geography. It’s what they train for, and its what they hope for -- the chance to rescue someone.
In so many ways, I value the men and women who serve as Coquitlam Search and Rescue. These are volunteers, first and foremost -- people who put their lives on hold when others’ lives are at stake. There is so much I could say about these volunteers. In fact, I can’t say enough about these volunteers. In a couple of weeks, I’ll have the honour of participating in Coquitlam SAR’s annual year-end celebration dinner, an opportunity to acknowledge a tremendous group of volunteers.
Today, I want to acknowledge them in a different context, along with volunteers from 20 other SAR organizations. These are SAR volunteers from PEMO, from Cowichan, from Metchosin. SAR volunteers from Comox, Campbell River, Sunshine Coast, North Shore, Surrey, Castlegar, Nicola Valley, Arrowsmith SAR, Mission, Ridge Meadows, Chilliwack, Squamish, Whistler, Lions Bay, Central Valley , Coquitlam.Thank you. On behalf of our community, thank you. And on behalf of victims who face long nights outside in the rain, thank you." (Richard Stewart)
UPDATE: DOG WALKER AND THREE DOGS FOUND AFTER THREE DAYS (22-11-17)
Coquitlam SAR was activated yesterday evening by Coquitlam RCMP for a missing 56 year old professional dog walker Anette Poitras, missing on Eagle Mountain near Westwood plateau.
The team searched through the night, and continues to search today with the assistance of many other SAR groups in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and the Sunshine coast.
We have received many offers of assistance from the public and organizations. At this time we have the resources we need. We would ask that you please stay off the trails on Eagle Ridge if you can - your tracks, smells and animals may hinder the search and we don't want to mistake you for our missing person. (Source: Coquitlam Search and Rescue)
Burns and blindness: 'Very nasty' giant hogweed plant spreading in Canada (Aly Thomson) Click Here
August 3, 2017
My neighbour on East Road reported to me yesterday that thieves recently broke into his house and took 'everything of value' including passports - and the security surveillance system. My neighbour prefers to be known as an 'East Road address' - nothing more identifying than that, please. I thought it suitable for the Anmore Alternative News.
Burglars on the Prowl in Anmore!
Watch Fan Out on May 22 because of a break-in on Dogwood Drive. Access
gained through an open, second floor window. If you have any
information please contact Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 (Block Watch
Co-ordinator Heather McRitchie)
Can You Help the RCMP Find Vehicles of Interest in Fatal Collision? (22-04-17) Click Here The SVFD Advises - What to Do About Fire (19-04-17) Click Here
How is this Fair?
B.C. Hydro Announces new 230
volt lines above ground through Anmore and underground through Vancouver
and Burnaby. Is the health of the children in our little village worth
less? For CBC article BC Hydro proposes new powerlines in Metro Vancouver to meet demand Click Here Five on the Fifth (09-01-17) - "Victim Services - The staff and volunteers in the Coquitlam RCMP Victim Services Unit provide on-scene crisis response and ongoing emotional, practical and logistical support to victims and witnesses of crime and traumatic events that happen in our jurisdiction. The men and women of the VSU are highly-trained, extremely dedicated and available 24/7 to help those in need". To read more Click Here
Crime Spree Ends With Arrest, Thousands in Stolen Merchandise, and Teddy Bear (13-10-16)To link to RCMP articleClick Here
Coquitlam RCMP Report on Anmore Statistics To Date for 2016
Corporal Justin Abels and Constable Taylor Sippel of the Coquitlam RCMP presented up-to-date statistics for 2016 at the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on November 1st (Agenda for November 15, 2016 shows Minutes for the Meeting)
"Highlighted events were noted as follows (compared to 2015 statistics):
- Theft of motor vehicles and insurance violations are down
- Motor vehicle and traffic offences violations are down
- Collisions and failure to remain at collisions are down
- Traffic violations (i.e. tickets) are up significantly; potentially due to greater enforcement at problem areas such as school zones and stop signs
- Personal crimes are down (Thefts, assaults)
- Mischief (e.g. damaged fence, vehicle, vandalism) is down
- Break and Enters is a concern as occurrences rose from one (2015) to seven (2016). A review of the incidents show that only two offences were completed, and the rest were attempts, or thefts from open garage.
The following calls represent approximately 20% of calls generated by Anmore
- False alarms are down slightly, but responded to almost 20 this year
- 911 False and abandoned calls - down slightly
- Bylaw-noise are up slightly
- Suspicious persons/vehicle/occurrences are down slightly
Calls to Buntzen Lake are down this year (2015 was an anomaly due to the long, hot, dry summer). Calls at Buntzen Lake
are consistent with 2013 and 2014.
Cpl. Abels thanked the Village for excellent Halloween community project, and added that he received a lot of positive feedback from residents who were happy to see the RCMP in attendance. He also thanked the mystery man for the Halloween treats. Mayor McEwen thanked the RCMP for attending the Halloween event."
A Message from the RCMP (07-08-16)
Online shopping, be it for new clothes for school or tickets for your favourite band, is easy and convenient. That convenience, however, can come at a cost including identity theft and fake event tickets. Read this month’s Five on the Fifth for important information and tips to stay safe when shopping online. Click Here
Be BC FireSmart
Protecting Your Home From Wildfire (24-07-16) Click Here
Five on the Fifth - Debunking Impaired Driving Myths
Coquitlam RCMP (06-07-16)
"Impaired driving is a leading cause of collisions in the province of B.C. During the summer months (June to September) 36 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving – that’s nearly half (46%) of all impaired driving fatalities in a year.* Those are some sobering statistics and that’s why this month’s five on the fifth focuses on debunking impaired driving myths". Click Here
Beautiful Weekend at Beautiful Buntzen Lake! (05-06-16)
The RCMP were out in force in Anmore on the beautiful June 4-5th weekend. There was an impaired driving roadblock in both directions at Sunnyside and Hemlock on Saturday. On Sunday the police arrived in the constant stream of traffic into Buntzen Lake Park around 9:00 am.
Mounties Run in Support of Special Olympics BC
Coquitlam - From May 31 to June 3, law enforcement runners and Special Olympics athletes will take to the streets with a message of respect and inclusion as they lace up in communities around the Lower Mainland for the 2016 BC Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics BC. Click Here
Home Security Info & Tips from the RCMP (23-05-16)
"Your home is more than just a building, and the belongings that fill your home are more than just "stuff". Homes represent family, friends, history, and community, the foundations of who we are. And crimes like vandalism, break and enter, and theft that target homes are upsetting in addition to being costly and inconvenient to recover from. Whether you own or rent and whether you live in an apartment, a townhouse or a house, protecting your home is the first step to protecting your neighbourhood and your community." To link to the whole article on Home Security Click Here
Boating, Buntzen and Booze Bans(08-05-16)
Safe Boating Awareness Week starts May 21, 2016. “Buntzen Lake is a very popular destination during the warmer months”, said Coquitlam RCMP Constable Jamie Phillipson. “We know that a large number of drowning deaths include liquor as a contributing factor, which is why we want to get the message out early that liquor is not permitted inside the park at any time. Coquitlam RCMP will be taking a zero tolerance approach for anyone found in possession or consuming liquor”.
Boat Safety 101
•Don't boat impaired! It's dangerous, illegal and may result in charges under the Criminal Code of Canada
•Personal Flotation Devices and Life Jackets are not optional when navigating through water. Whether you're on a boat, kayak, canoe or paddle board, you and everybody must be wearing one
•You must carry your pleasure craft operator card at all times and is required for any electric or gas motored craft on the lake or ocean.
•Slow down and look out for others in the water
Emergency Preparedness Week | May 1 - 7
Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners. For full details on how your family can be prepared, please visit: http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx
Community Police Bike Patrol Accepting Applications(24-04-16)
The sunshine and warm weather signifies a number of things, depending on who you talk to. For most, it's evidence that summer is just around the corner. For some, the battle against seasonal allergies is drawing near. But for the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Police Summer Bike Patrol, it's time for the rubber to meet the road and the RCMP is asking you to come along for the ride. To read more Click Here
Junior Mountie Academy Accepting Applications
Coquitlam RCMP - If catching bad guys and processing crime scenes sounds interesting, then the 2016 Coquitlam Junior Mountie Police Academy might be right up your alley. Applications are now being accepted for the 6th annual Mountie Camp which is offered at no charge to children residing in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Kwikwetlem First Nation and Port Moody.
"This is the 6th year of the program and each year I have more and more parents wanting their children to take part," said academy organizer Nicole Cairns. "The kids are shown what it's like to walk in the footsteps of a police officer and learn to push themselves to their maximum potential."
- Cadet applicants: Students aged 9 – 12 years before August 1st, 2016.
- Corporal applicants: Students aged 13 – 15 years before August 1st, 2016, who have successfully completed the Coquitlam Junior Mountie Police Academy previously. A hand-written, non-typed, 200-word essay explaining "why I would be a good leader" is required when submitting the application.
Note: You may participate in the 2016 Academy even if you attended in previous years.
Applications are available at the
(2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam V3B 7Y5), or any of the
in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. The completed and signed application must be received no later than Friday, May 20th, 2016 at one of these locations or emailed to
Cadets and Corporals who have been accepted will be notified by phone.
August 8th to August 12th, 8:30 a.m. to noon daily. Academy is closed to the public.
Registration on Monday morning will be at 8 a.m.
All events will be held at the Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, BC.
- Parent Information Session (Attendance of parent is required). Between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Monday, August 8th, 2016
- Emergency Vehicle Show 'N' Shine on Friday August 12th, 2016. Between 9:00 a.m. and noon (This event is open to the general public)
- Red Serge Ceremony Graduation on Friday August 12th, 2016. Between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Cadets are asked to arrive in uniform by 6:30 p.m.
If you have any questions about the 2016 Coquitlam RCMP Junior Mountie Police Academy, please contact us:
Cst. Jamie Phillipson
Media Relations Officer
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Office: (604) 945-1580
Coquitlam RCMP Distracted Driving Campaign (15-03-16) Click Here Coquitlam RCMP Reports on the Mysterious Substance at Shoppers Drug Mart on St. Johns that Caused the HAZMAT Call (14-03-16) Click Here
RCMP – Update on Recent Activity in Anmore (06-03-16)
Cst. Kent was in attendance during the Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Regular Council Meeting and provided the following updates and information. He also introduced Justin Abels, who will replace Colin Kent effective March 24.
Further to a staff request for information from the RCMP regarding recent events in the Village, Cst. Kent presented the following information: RCMP first received a report of a break and enter on Alpine on February 13. Two days later it was reported that a small blue vehicle was likely involved. Following further investigation the only lead is the report of the vehicle and a suspicious looking man in a hoodie.
There was also a break-in in the Anmore store. Only candy was stolen. The Constable indicated that children are the likely culprits.
Coquitlam Search and Rescue is recruiting! (02-03-2016)
We're currently looking for up to 6 new members to join our team.
Search and Rescue requires dedication and a large time commitment. We've attempted to document the time and training requirements, and answer general questions about what it takes to be a member of our team on our membership page. The most important factor when trying to decide whether to join our team is the time commitment.
Coquitlam SAR responds to between 30 to 40 SAR incidents a year, ranging from lost hikers, children, elderly, people with dementia and developmental disabilities, injured people, boaters, 4×4 drivers, and mountain bikers among many other kinds of tasks. We cover an area of the province bounded by Indian Arm on the west, Pitt Lake on the east, the Fraser River to the south, and Garibaldi Park to the north. We respond to the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, Belcarra, Burnaby and New Westminster. We also respond to assist SAR teams throughout the province when additional resources are required.
Prospective members are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday March 16th 2016 at 7 PM in Coquitlam City Hall Council Chambers.
At this session members of the team will present information on what it means to be a SAR volunteer and the time commitment involved. Attendees can meet members of Coquitlam SAR and ask questions. They will be given an opportunity to fill in an application form which ask questions about their general backcountry experiences. Individuals who cannot attend the information session can submit an application form at any time.
Applications will be accepted until March 31st, 2016
Up to 20 individuals will be selected from the applications to participate in an evaluation hike on Saturday April 16th, 2016 at Buntzen Lake. Attendance at this session is mandatory if the prospective member wishes to continue.
The evaluation hike is an opportunity for members of Coquitlam SAR to meet potential recruits on a hike in terrain typical for rescues we do in this area. Team members will examine the recruit's equipment, fitness and some navigational skills.
After the evaluation hike, certain applicants will be invited to an interview over the next few weeks at an arranged time. The interview will be the final step in the process. All applicants will be contacted. 6 individuals will be selected to join the team, and will begin training soon thereafter. New members will be "Members In training" or MITs for the next year before becoming full members at the team's next Annual General Meeting. Application
SECURITY ALERT FROM ANMORE COUNCILLOR THIELE (23-02-16)
Unfortunately, there has been a fair amount of suspicious and criminal activity in Anmore over the past few weeks. I wanted to share it with you so that you can be aware and vigilant.
The first incident occurred several weeks ago at a home on Alpine Drive. Two suspects broke into a home by breaking a back window and making away with the family's valuables This happened in the middle of the day while the resident was out for an hour or so.
Soon thereafter, there was an incident at a home on Magnolia Way when, at around 5pm one evening, a young girl and her friend heard someone trying to open the front door. The suspect left without being seen.
Then, this past Friday night, a man in a dark hoodie knocked on the front door of a home on Alpine Drive but left quickly.
At the same house, last night around 9pm, one of the home's children heard noises outside and saw that someone was trying to get into the garage. The police attended with dogs who tracked the scent off the property, all the way down to Sunnyside Road and into the campground parking lot where they think the suspect got away in a car. They believe the suspect had parked in the parking lot and made his way up the hill, through residents' backyards and to the house in question.
Please, if you see ANY suspicious activity in your neighbourhood - day or night - call 911 right away. Together, we can keep our community safe.
Local Mounties Promote Theft from Auto Prevention (04-02-16) Click Here Coquitlam Search & Rescue Funding Update Click Here
December 30th 2015 residents of Anmore experienced a 4.7 earthquake! At 11.39 pm, 8 km ESE of Sidney, B.C. Anmore residents reported the bed/couch shaking, Apparently the quake was felt as far away as Washington! For up to date Earth Quake information. Click Here
Trail Marking Project Continues
By Michael Coyle in SAR letter 21/12/2015
Under the leadership of team member Steve Chapman, we began marking high priority trails in the Buntzen Lake
Earlier this summer we wrote about Coquitlam SAR’s ongoing Trail Marking Project – our attempt at preventing SAR call-outs by making sure popular local trails are well marked and mapped.
Combining funding from Coquitlam SAR, Buntzen Lake Wardens (BC Hydro), BC Parks, the Valley Outdoor Association, the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC (FMCBC) and under the leadership of team member Steve Chapman, we began marking high priority trails in the Buntzen Lake, Eagle Mountain and Burke Mountain areas this summer, and continued into the fall.
Location where lost hikers were found last week
With last weeks two missing hikers Steve and others on the team noted that the area where they got lost has been problematic for a few other parties, so Steve and Mechthild (both of whom participated in the recent rescue) took it upon themselves to update that section of the trail this weekend. Below is a set of photos from that trail marking session.
Steve and Mechthild both noted that the area is a maze of false trails and that it is very easy to get lost – in fact they recalled rescuing some hikers earlier this year who, when found, had lit a fire to keep warm, not knowing that they were under a trail marker.
Coquitlam RCMP CounterAttack (11-12-15)
2,000 vehicles checked in the Coquitlam RCMP's Friday’s CounterAttack launch Click Here
Short rescue on Diez Vistas Trail (30-11-15)
Coquitlam SAR was activated by the Coquitlam RCMP at 17:00 last night to search for two hikers caught by darkness on the Diez Vistas Trail in the Buntzen Lake area.
were dispatched to search the trail from the south and north end; the
subjects were located at approximately 19:30 near the north end of the
trail, and were escorted out.
caught by darkness, and without a flashlight, it's a good idea to stop
and attempt to find shelter rather than continue moving - in the dark
it's easy to become more lost and injured which makes it harder to find
Reminder to the public that days are short, nights are cold and to be prepared with the 10 essentials (including a flashlight) and a trip plan before going on a hike! SVFD December newsletter."I am Responding!" Click Here 14 year old girl abducted and held for an hour and an half by 3 men in a white van on David Ave on November 17th. Click Here
Coquitlam Search and Rescue announces that their Mobile Command Centre will be ready in April 2016!
The Mobile Command Centre (MCC) has been designed, from the ground up, to take into account the experience of search and rescue (SAR) teams throughout the province. "After more than two years of planning, we are excited to see the build of our new command centre underway," says Liz Clyne, MCC project manager. "Many people have been involved in planning and designing the command centre, it has taken a real team effort to bring our vision into reality and we are all looking forward to seeing it in service.
The MCC incorporates three components; the cab and chassis; the module, or the 'box', mounted on the cab and chassis, which constitutes the functioning command centre; and technology, the electronics that support operations planning, implementation and monitoring.
Two years of planning began to take shape for Coquitlam Search and Rescue, an all volunteer team located in Coquitlam, BC, when the cab and chassis was purchased by the City of Coquitlam in partnership with Metro Motors Ltd, and delivered in late October.
The MCC module will be manufactured locally by Intercontinental Truck Body (ITB) of Surrey, with delivery schedule for mid April 2016. This is the most complex part of the project and has absorbed many hours of time by the team, which collaborated with ITB to design and develop the build specifications. ITB is an experienced builder of command vehicles for SAR teams throughout BC.
The electronic technology - radios, computers, printers and video displays - will be ordered and installed to match the module manufacturing schedule. According to Mike Coyle, MCC technical lead, the command centre will have the latest communications and display technology which will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the team's operations.
Funding for the MCC replacement project has come from many sources, explains Sandy Burpee, fundraising lead for the project, "I am pleased to say that we have achieved our fundraising goal and we are very grateful for the generosity of Tri-City and Burnaby businesses, service clubs, municipalities, individual donors, and the financial support of the Province of British Columbia." Platinum level donors include the BC Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch, the City of Coquitlam, Canadian Tire Corporation and Wesbild Holdings, while Allard Contractors, Chevron Canada, the cities of Burnaby, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, and Telus have contributed at the Gold Level.
The new Mobile Command Centre is expected to be in service by April 30, 2016.
A Fond Farewell to Long-time RCMP Constable Colin Kent
(L to R) Constable Taylor Sipple, Superintendent Sean Maloney, Corporal (recent promotion) Colin Kent
At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday November 3rd, Coquitlam RCMP Superintendent Sean Maloney announced that Acting Corporal Colin Kent is retiring after 36 years of service. Over this time, Constable Kent has become a welcomed addition to the Anmore community. From Canada Post mailbox break-ins, to protecting 300 2015 Halloween Trick-or-Treaters on Ravenswood, to helping to establish and monitor school zones, to admonishing ruffians and bullies, to policing at Buntzen Lake Park, to finding clear-cut gremlins on Chestnut Crescent, and so many other local policing issues, RCMP Constable Colin Kent has been the go-to-him man for rural policing in the Village. We thank you and will miss you, Sir!
At November 3rd Council Meeting, Acting Corporal Kent reviewed RCMP engagements and results in Anmore in 2015. The long period of excellent summer weather in 2015, helped to almost double the number of response incidents from January-October 2014 to January-October 2015. Many of these occurred at Buntzen Lake Park. Liquor consumption and public intoxication more or less doubled from 53 to 112 charges in this period. To link to the RCMP comparative statistics in Anmore Click Here. Coquitlam Mounties are ready for the 16th Annual Red Serge Classic (03-11-15) Click Here Coquitlam RCMP reports that Halloween night went smoothly, and for the most part the citizens of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra enjoyed the night safely. (02-11-15) To link Click Here On Thursday, October 22, 2015 the SVFD posted a warning about the risk of chimney fires. On Friday, they were called out to a chimney fire in Anmore. The fire was extinguished quickly, but the danger with these fires is that their intense heat may cause the masonry to crack and the fire to spread. If you burn wood like the homeowner last night, call a professional in every few years to make sure that your chimney isn't a fire risk. Sasamat Fire Department reminds you that wood-burning fireplace chimneys should be cleaned periodically by
professionals to prevent creosote build-up. Creosote forms when wood is
not burned completely. If it builds up in sufficient quantities and
catches fire inside the chimney flue, the result will be a chimney fire.
These fires are dangerous, as they may spread quickly to more
combustible parts of a home. (22-10-15) B.C. organizers say 750,000 people have registered for that province’s event, which will see participants drop to the ground at 10:15 a.m. local time, take cover by getting under a table or desk and hold on for about 60 to 90 seconds. Click Here On October 15*, officially "ShakeOut BC Day," millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:15 a.m. during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills! Click Here
Coquitlam Mounties wrap up Distracted Driving Campaign with 409 tickets(07-10-15)
If you felt like there was a crackdown on distracted driving in September, you were right. For the month of September, the Coquitlam RCMP conducted a Distracted Driving enforcement campaign where 409 tickets were handed out to drivers who allegedly used their electronic devices. Click Here The SVFD attended a lines down incident near Anmore Municipal Hall. It is important to remember that you must stay back at least 10 metres (33 ft.) from any downed power line. These lines should always be considered charged and dangerous. (04-10-15) Fire Prevention Week a reminder to check smoke alarms. Fire Prevention Week kicks off today and the Fire Chiefs' Association of B.C. says it is a good time to make sure that smoke alarms at homes and workplaces are working. (04-10-15) Link Here New crime fighters at Coquitlam RCMP (04-10-15) Click Here
Coquitlam Search and Rescue assisted other SAR groups in our region with three rescues last week. Mid wee, we provided personnel including management assistance to North Shore Rescue for two multi day searches for missing hikers. In the first task, we participated in a search for a hiker missing since September 12, who was 10 days overdue. Several members assisted but the subject was not found and the search was stood down.
The second task was to assist North Shore Rescue again with a search for two lost hikers on Mount Seymour. The couple was located and brought out by helicopter the next day.
Our third task was to assist Ridge Meadows SAR with a search for an overdue hiker in the Tingle Peak area to the east of Pitt Lake. If this sounds familiar to Coquitlam SAR supporters it's because we responded to the same area for the same missing hiker several years ago. The hiker had planned a 15 day trip into this rugged and seldom visited area, taking a SPOT satellite Messenger with him. With SPOT you can send an 'I'm OK' e mail to people you enter into their system, and the hiker had arranged to do so on this trip. Only a single 'I'm OK' had been sent, and with the hiker a day overdue, a search was launched on Friday. Members from several teams in the south west region responded on Saturday morning to continue the search when another signal from the SPOT beacon was received. A team was sent to the subject's location, and it was determined that he should be extracted.
Coquitlam SAR's helicopter rescue group executed the extraction via long line rescue. This marks the first live reduce for the team that started training in 2012!
Coquitlam SAR has experienced an average call volume this summer and fall despite assisting SAR teams via 'mutual aid' in other areas of BC. The BC Search and Rescue system is designed to handle demands for service that may overwhelm a single group by others in the region providing support. We're privileged to work with the other fifteen SAR groups in the Sea to Sky and Fraser Valley regions on mutual aid tasks like the three we responded to this week.
Harrison (8), Odin (6) and Wyatt (4) Belenkie had asked that instead of gifts for their birthdays, they be given money - they wanted to give half of what they received to the Sasamat Fire Department!
The amount given is $326.00! Their father, Neil Belenkie, from Belcarra is a member of the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department.
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department reminds you!
This Sunday, September 13th, Anmore's Ma Murray Day will be held at Spirit Park. Like the first-class effort at Belcarra Day in June, Anmore looks like it has got an awesome event being planned. Looking forward to seeing the car show and the Giant Human Hamster Ball in action. What a great community! Thanks in advance to all those organizing.
The SVFD will be there doing some cooking and putting on a static display with our fire trucks. Come by and say hello. Remember, the kids are always welcome to jump in a truck...
RCMP Distracted Driving Campaign (03-09-15)
Coquitlam RCMP have launched a blitz on distracted driving for the month of September. So, be forewarned. Distracted driving has quickly become the leading preventable cause of traffic fatalities, overtaking DWI. Click Here
Open Burning Ban Lifted (02-09-15)
The opening burning ban for Anmore and Belcarra has been lifted as of today. Any open fires in Anmore or Belcarra must have a current burning permit in place. Burning permits are issued by each respective village and there different conditions for each area.
Jay Sharpe, Fire Chief, L.A.F.C.
Sasamat Fire Department
Coquitlam Mounties 'ticket' law-abiding drivers (02-09-15)Click Here
The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department reports that over the last couple of days of bad weather, the volunteers have been called to three incidents involving power lines, three false home alarms, and a couple of BC Ambulance medical assists for residents. The dispatch services have held up well with the power outage. Please be safe out there, Anmore and Belcarra.
A massive power outage over the weekend is serving as a reminder about the need to be prepared. In the event of a massive storm like the one this past weekend, South Coast residents are advised to be prepared to survive up to 72 hours without power. Catherine Urquhart has more. (01-08-15) Click Here Join Coquitlam Mounties’ tweet-along to see how policing is done on bikes and ATVs (24-08-15) Click Here
Map Maker Steve Chapman and a Coquitlam Search and Rescue Team Mark the Trail to Swan Falls - Thank You! (16-07-15)
Pictures of the start of the Coquitlam SAR trail marking project, see below. This effort is expected to reduce the number of lost people and provide a valuable update and reference to team members when searching. (13-08-15)
Coquitlam Search and Rescue Trail Marking Project on Eagle Ridge
Search and Rescue teams throughout BC take part in wilderness education (http://www.coquitlam-sar.bc.ca/wilderness-education/) or what we sometimes like to call "preventative SAR" and Coquitlam SAR is no exception. However, this week the team will take our SAR prevention efforts to a new level with a trail marking project that aims to increase safety, and reduce the number of lost people in the area.
In fact, the team was called out Sunday night for another search on Eagle Ridge where two hikers were lost. Fortunately they found their way out via trails to Westwood Plateau.
The project, led by SAR member Steve Chapman and with participation from BC Parks and local hikers will begin the project tomorrow (Wednesday August 12th, 2015), with a reconnaissance of Eagle Ridge from Swan Falls to Halvor Lunden trail, and follow that up with the commencement of trail marking on Saturday August 15th. Steve is particularly qualified for this project, having just completed a map of the hiking trails in the Tri-Cities http://www.tricitiesmap.com/ which is publicly available, and now forms the basis for our SAR operations in the area.
The project will continue to run throughout the summer, and will encompass hiking trails on Eagle Ridge and Burke Mountain. Trail marking will be done to BC Parks standards, and will include trail names, distances and other details.
Mountain Bike trails will not be marked as these are typically maintained by their own user groups and the team hasn't noticed many people getting lost. To link to the Coquitlam Search and Rescue Trail Marking Project information Click Here
Coquitlam Mounties catch 38 impaired drivers in July’s CounterAttack (11-08-15)
If you were out on the roads in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam; you may have noticed more police officers on the roads doing road checks, looking for impaired drivers. That’s because we were out in full force kicking off the summer CounterAttack campaign. This year, 38 impaired drivers were removed from the road. To read more Click Here
Officials predict more wildfires across B.C.
Steve Thomson said only 18 of the 31 flare-ups over the long weekend were caused by lightning while the rest had people to blame. (05-08-15) Click Here
Right now is not the time to wish you told someone where you were going & when you'd be back. Are you planning an adventure for tomorrow? Make a plan, tell a friend. AdventureSmart will help all Canadian families, students, outdoor enthusiasts, and tourists to better understand the risks and hazards while participating in outdoor activities. Source: Coquitlam Search and Rescue)
Night paving begins August 4th on St. Johns St., from Moody St. to the Barnet highway. (03-08-15)
Coquitlam RCMP answers 'Who do you call when you find a bomb?' (29-07-15) Click Here Tank farm fire could trap thousands at SFU. University still needs more information from Kinder Morgan to make proper emergency plans (28-07-15) Click Here Cover Story: Volunteers busy at Sasamat fire halls. (23-07-15) To link to the full article in the Tri-cities NOW Click Here The Coquitlam RCMP help out in Half-way to Christmas Food and Fund Drive which brings much needed help to SHARE food bank (20-07-15) Click Here Toss a cigarette out your window, lose your car: B.C. government (16-07-15) Click Here.
VICTORIA - This wildfire season has been one of the most challenging in recent memory.
As of July 14, fire crews have responded to 1,083 fires throughout
the province - compared to 523 at the same time a year ago. Of those
fires, we know over one-third are human caused. That’s 375 fires,
leading to an estimated 43,718 hectares going up in flames.
We must send a clear message to those that carelessly start wildfires
that their behaviour will not be tolerated. That’s why the Minister of
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has asked me to take a
look across government at the current structure of fines and penalties
for people who cause wildfires, and consider new ways to crack down on
those careless acts. To link to the full press release Click Here
July 10, 2015 Air Quality Advisory Continues
Metro Vancouver is continuing an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter, due to smoke from wildfires outside our region. Fine particulate matter concentrations continue to be very variable as wildfire smoke remains in the region and surrounding areas.
The air quality advisory due to elevated levels of ground-level ozone is continued for the Fraser Valley and is now in place for eastern parts of Metro Vancouver.
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous activities until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce exposure to air contaminants. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
This advisory is expected to continue until there is a change in the current weather.
Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment Canada, the Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment to look after air quality.
Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at http://www.airmap.ca and www.bcairquality.ca.
Who to contact for more information
Julie Saxton, Air Quality Planner, Metro Vancouver
604-451-6650 (office), 604-240-0708 (cell)
Don Bradley, Division Manager, Media Relations, Metro Vancouver
Continued Air Quality Advisory Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 Click Here
Continued Air Quality Advisory July 7th, 2015
Metro Vancouver is continuing an for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter, due to smoke from wildfires outside our region. More favourable wind conditions have resulted in air quality improvements overnight but wildfire smoke remains in the region and in surrounding areas.
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous activities until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
This advisory is expected to continue until there is a change in the current weather. Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment Canada, the Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment to look after air quality.
Information about real-time air quality readings for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley communities and potential health impacts can be found at airmap.ca and bcairquality.ca
And remember, if you see smoke, fire or any violation of our current prohibitions, please report it to 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on your cell.
Coquitlam Mounties kick off Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign (01-07-15) Click Here
The SVFD dealt with yet another brush fire at Buntzen Lake on Sunday. Thanks to some fast reporting from lake visitors and some great help from the BC Hydro staff there, the fire was quickly extinguished. Cigarette butt found on site. Another unnecessary human-caused fire that could have resulted in enormous damage to a beautiful area.
Signs are out: NO OPEN FIRES. Please spread the word.
Public Safety Education in the Villages!
28-06-15(Source SVFD Facebook Page)
"When not training itself, the SVFD makes a concerted effort to support public safety education in the two Villages.
Recently, fire fighters certified 10 of BC Hydro's Buntzen Lake staff with S-100 forest firefighting endorsements. We are always appreciative of the assistance that Buntzen Lake's staff offer us on our calls and we hope that this training will help with the protection of this beautiful area.
For the 15th consecutive year, SVFD members also trained intermediate students at Anmore Elementary with its annual People Savers course. This course gives children an introduction to first aid and their own first aid kit. Over the years, the SVFD has trained hundreds of local kids.
Thanks again to our members who volunteered their time with these worthwhile community efforts."
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC - FIRE SAFETY AND PUBLIC AWARENESS
Council is reaching out to our community and its residents to be pro-active regarding possible fire activity.
Due to the extreme temperatures in the weather forecast, we are asking for your assistance. If you see any suspicious fire activity within the Village, please contact the SVFD:...
For Fire Emergencies, Call 911
Non-Emergency Call SVFD Fire Hall (604) 469-0349 SVFD
Fire Chief, Jay Sharpe posted an Open Burning Ban on June 17th, 2015. To view the SVFD Public Notice, please view the following link:Click Here
PLEASE BE CAREFUL - FIRE BAN IN EFFECT!
Fire Ban in Effect
On Saturday June 20th, the SVFD was called out to a large bonfire at the top of Pinnacle Ridge In Anmore. When the firefighters arrived, they found a group of about 20 young people gathered around a fire. After a brief discussion about fire safety, the fire was extinguished and the party disbanded. Please help spread the word that camp fires of any type are currently banned in our area.
Anmore Honours the Retiring SVFD Chief Larry Scott (17-06-15)
At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on June 16, 2015, Mayor John McEwen thanked
recently retired Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Larry Scott, for 37
years of service to the Villages of Anmore and Belcarra, 32 of which he served
as Chief. A large contingent of firefighters, wearing their blue duty shirts,
gave a large round of applause to their much respected leader as the Mayor and
the Chief shook hands. To link to articles on the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department from Chief Scott's perspective over the years Click Here
FIRE BAN ANNOUNCED STARTING JUNE 17th IN ANMORE
Clearing up Any Misunderstanding About Water Restrictions (16-06-15)
The April Anmore water bill showed different restrictions than Metro Vancouver, rather than 3 days per week, mornings only, Anmore residents were permitted 2 days per week, mornings only. However, Metro Vancouver brought in new regulations in 2011 to establish one regulation for the entire Metro Vancouver (including Anmore). Lawn sprinkling regulations are in effect from June 1 to September 30.
• Even-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Saturday.
• Odd-numbered addresses may sprinkle lawns 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday. Click Here
*Here’s an eye opening fact: One lawn sprinkler uses as much water in 1 hour as 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads COMBINED.*
Once Again Our Priceless SVFD Firefighters Have Our Backs!
Wildfire Successfully Extinguished on Hamber Island (14-06-15)
On Saturday, June 13th, the SVFD crew did some excellent work knocking down a wildfire on Hamber Island in Indian Arm before wind and embers could spread it to the mainland. On Sunday, June 14th, the clean-up crew was captured on video by Global tv. (06-06-15)
This fire that blazed on a private island in Indian Arm was put out after three hours – but volunteer firefighters are disappointed that a second fire in the area was caused by humans in as many weeks. To link to the Global video and more details from the sight Click Here
S.V.F.A. CAR WASH -
A Great Success
RCMP Summer safety tips
Five on the Fifth - RCMP Summer safety tips (07-06-15) Click Here 2015 Sasamat Volunteer Firefighters Association Annual Car Wash : supporting our Class of 2015
…IS YOUR CAR REALLY DIRTY ??
Saturday June 6th 2015 starting @ 10am
Location: Anmore Fire Hall – 2690 East Road, Anmore, BC
Net Proceeds to : 2015 SVFA Grade 12 Award / Bursary & 2015 Dry Grad SVFA Donation
Vancity is holding a Shredathon on Saturday, June 13, 2015!! Bring your confidential documents for secure shredding. Shredding is by donation and all proceeds will go towards the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable! Lots of other activities... check it out! Please spread the word!
Please Help Our Local Heroes Help Us! (24-05-15)
This week, Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department firefighters practiced protecting buildings in Belcarra and Anmore using roof sprinklers and foam. Their forestry training continues in preparation for a dry summer season. Here are some practical tips that homeowners can follow to reduce the likelihood that their home will be damaged in a forest fire.Click Here
Wildfire Danger High
Please be careful folks! Much of the province is drying out an astonishing rate. Please lets keep all of the fires natural i.e. by lightning, and not caused by humans! Call *5555 immediately if you witness a fire to keep them very small.
Extreme fire danger ratings in the northeast
The Wildfire Management Branch is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any recreational activities in the backcountry. Fire conditions in the Prince George Fire Centre remain volatile and new incidents are being reported daily.
Due to unseasonably warm temperatures and extremely low relative humidity, areas east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Peace River are experiencing very dry conditions. The fire danger rating in many areas is now "extreme".
Not one but three cougars lounging at Mossom Creek Hatchery (14-05-15) Click Here "Spring is well on it's way and Coquitlam SAR is nearing the end of our "spring training" to be ready for the busy summer hiking season. That season had an early start with the team responding twice in the same day to Eagle Ridge to rescue four people in " (14-05-15) Click Here
RCMP Five on the Fifth - Youth Week (05-05-15)
Youth Week is a celebration of youth held May 1st-7th every year in BC. The intention is to honour the accomplishments and diversity of youth in BC and to help build stronger connections between young people and their communities. In honour of Youth Week, this month’s Five on the Fifth is dedicated to highlighting the ways we work to connect with local youth. Here are five things you may not know about how the Coquitlam RCMP engages with youth in the communities we serve during Youth Week and all year long. To read more Click Here
Coquitlam RCMP Online Community Survey Launches on May 4th(2015-05-04 07:55 PDT)
Do you have views on how the Coquitlam RCMP serves your community? We want to hear from you! Between May 4th and June 15th the Coquitlam RCMP is conducting a confidential online community survey for anyone who lives, works, studies or plays in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Kwikwetlem First Nation or Port Coquitlam. Your answers will help assess performance, determine upcoming projects, and help guide decisions about where to put scarce resources to make the best possible impact on community safety and public trust.
The survey shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes and your answers are confidential. To complete the survey visit:
Information collected through this survey will be used by authorized staff for the purpose of developing the Coquitlam RCMP 2016-2018 Strategic Plan. If you have questions about the collection or use of survey information or if you would like to discuss the survey in more detail, please contact Coquitlam RCMP Client Services Section by email at email@example.com.
Cpl. Jamie Chung
Media Relations Officer
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
Earthquake would leave thousands homeless, says District of North Vancouver report. Earthquake Risk Assessment Study details how a 7.3-magnitude earthquake would affect one community. (29-04-15)Click Here Identity Theft Tips from the Coquitlam RCMP (27-04-15) Click Here
BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PARK
THE TOWING HAS STARTED
New Top Cop!
The municipal staff, Mounties and volunteers of the Coquitlam RCMP are welcoming a new boss this month. After a nationwide competition, the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam unanimously selected a candidate from Metro Vancouver to take over from Superintendent Claude Wilcott, who retired in February. Superintendent Sean Maloney, a 33 year veteran of the force who has worked for Richmond RCMP since 2012, will be the new top cop for Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and the Kwikwetlem First Nation. Click Here
Sasamat Fire Department Retirement Party for Chief Larry Scott (19-04-15)
Saturday, April 18 2015, retired Chief Larry Scott was feted by SVFD
firefighters at a special dinner in his honour. He was thanked for 36
years of dedicated service, 32 years as Chief. Chief Scott's badge #1
was also retired. The new Chief Jay Sharpe had many kind words for his
predecessor. To read a five part interview with Chief Scott Click Here. Interested in joining the SVFD Click Here.
Good-bye Jim Roberts
It is with sadness that the SVFD notes the passing of Jim Roberts - a long-term friend, mentor, and member of our Department.
Jim joined the SVFD in May of 1990 and served until he retired in December of 2010. Jim held the rank of Captain and was our Equipment Officer. For those that had the privilege to work along side Jim we will remember him for his incredible knowledge of all things mechanical and for his ultra cool demeanor. Jim could bring calm to the most frantic of calls. Jim, thank you for all of the work you did in the community and with the SVFD. You will be greatly missed. To link to the new Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Facebook PageClick Here "Four Sasamat firefighters completed the new Wildland Firefighter Level 1 Structure Firefighters instructor course. The training will help us to continue to train our crews to effectively fight fires in the forests surrounding our two municipalities. The SVFD would like to thank Port Moody Fire Department for the invitation and Steve Butchart from Kamloops Fire Department for facilitating." (12-04-15) Link to Like the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department's new Facebook Page.
Don’t click here to register for a refund
Coquitlam RCMP Public Advisory
"Tax season is here and a number of tax refund scams have already surfaced in the area. Even police officers are not immune to receiving fraudulent tax refund emails. One of our Corporals recently received an email where he was asked to click on a web link to register for a Government Gateway account to receive a $386 tax refund.
When we tested the link we landed on a fake Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) website that looks very much like their actual page. The website is even in both official languages. However, when you take a look at the url, you see that it is not the real CRA website. Furthermore, you are asked to provide personal information including your credit card number, expiry and the card verification value code (CVV), which would not be asked for by CRA.
The CVV is a three-digit security code on the back of Visa and MasterCard, and a four-digit code on the front of American Express. It serves as an added measure to prevent fraud. By entering the CVV, along with other personal information into a phishing site; your credit card could be compromised.
said Corporal Jamie Chung.
The Coquitlam RCMP urges residents to be extra vigilant when receiving an email or a text from CRA that offers a tax refund. When in doubt, you should contact CRA directly.
If you are expecting a tax refund, CRA will either mail you a cheque or deposit the refund directly into your bank account."
Additional Wildfire Prevention Funding Announced (25-03-15)
"The B.C. government will provide an additional $5 million to the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, Forests Minister Steve Thomson announced last week. The funding will support First Nations and local governments undertake forest fuel management prescriptions and treatment projects. Reducing fuel loads in interface areas, where urban developments border forests and grasslands, is a proven method of lowering the threat of damaging wildfires". Click Here
March 22-28 is Tsunami Preparedness Week - find out what you need to know.
Fortunately, Anmore is in a very low risk zone for Tsunamis.
This map shows the zones of BC that may be affected by a tsunami generated in the Pacific Ocean. The effects will vary in different parts of the province. This is due to many factors, such as the shape and features of the coastline "A tsunami along B.C.’s coast is a rare but real threat. The last major tsunami to hit B.C. shores was on March 27,1964 when Port Alberni was inundated with water following the 9.2M Great Alaska Earthquake. Even though it’s been just over 50 years, those of us living in a tsunami zone need to be prepared – both with knowledge and a 72-hour kit." Click Here
Coquitlam Mounties celebrate Pink Shirt Day (25-02-15) Click Here
Wildfire Preparation Campaign Focuses on Community (18-02-15)
Date: Thursday March 5, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, is a chance to organize friends, neighbours or a community group to participate in a project that reduces the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighbourhoods.
Join others across the country making communities safer by committing a couple of hours or the entire day. Efforts will raise community wildfire awareness, help protect homes and contribute to making neighbourhoods and entire communities more FireSmart.
Up to twenty $500 awards are available to implement neighbourhood projects. The application deadline for the awards is March 20, 2015.
Challenge your neighbourhood, friends, family members, co-workers, community service group, youth organization, club or any eligible group to create a project and accomplish something great together.
This first National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a collaboration of FireSmart Canada, the National Fire Protection Association, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and The Co-operators. Click Here
Name That Puppy
March 3rd, 2015 deadline for kids and teens to enter the Coquitlam Mounties 'Name the Puppy 2015' contest (09-02-15) Click Here
Thank you Operation Red Nose!
MC Anmore's super Dave McCloskey thanked many other super volunteers and sponsors at the recent 2014 Operation Red Nose TriCities/NW/BBY Wrap Up Party at the Hard Rock Casino! He reports that this year - 276 people volunteered, 27,000 km were driven, 1011 rides provided and over $33,000 was raised for Kidsport. Well done 2014 Operation Red Nose! Simply awesome!
Coquitlam Search and Rescue Finds Anmore Hiker and Dog at Buntzen Lake (20-01-15)
"The 57 year old missing man had been walking his dog on the Diez Vistas trail when he became lost, calling for help early in the evening. His family, residents of Anmore and living nearby, attempted to reach him themselves before calling 911 for assistance. The RCMP were able to “ping” his cell phone before the battery died, placing him at “Vista 10″, however a text message he sent to his family earlier in the evening brought some doubt as to this location, indicating that he may have moved." To link to SAR report Click Here More drunk drivers caught by Coquitlam Mounties during the last CounterAttack (14-01-15) Click Here
Five on the Fifth - Coquitlam RCMP New Year’s Resolutions (06-01-15)
"The new year is often a time when we sit back and reflect on the year that was and come up with a few resolutions for the coming year—exercise more, floss more, spend less, eat healthier…. For 2015, the helpful and ambitious Mounties at the Coquitlam RCMP put together a list of five resolutions you should consider adding to your list under the heading "help make my community safer". To link to the full Coquitlam RCMP article Click Here. The hikers could not find the trail and were very cold. They had cell contact, and SAR Manager Al Hurley was able to direct one of them to the summit of Triangulation Point where they were told to hold position. Talon Helicopters ( http://www.taloncopters.com/ ) was activated.
As this was a late day call, time was extremely critical; the sun sets at approximately 4:20 this time of year, and if the helicopter was unable to reach the subjects it would result in a protracted ground-based rescue. Incidents at that location on Eagle Ridge have taken in excess of 9 hours to resolve in the past.
The hikers were fortunate in several respects; Talon Helicopters pilot Kelsey Wheeler was at their base, and was in the air in just a few minutes. Coquitlam SAR Manager Jim Delgrande was hiking on Eagle Ridge, and was able to make his way to our helicopter LZ at Buntzen Lake to meet the helicopter.
Delgrande was inserted near Triangulation Point, and assessed the subjects; they were cold, and very lightly dressed in cotton clothing. One was wearing running shoes; two complained of not being able to feel their feet, and were shivering. All three subjects were escorted to the helicopter, and flown to the LZ at Buntzen Lake.
Eagle Ridge in winter is the same elevation as most of the North Shore mountains. It's got three to six feet of snow on it. It's only accessible from three trails, all of which have a lot of elevation gain. Tackling a hike in this area in the winter and spring requires fitness, preparation, and appropriate clothing and footwear. Preferably, hikers would have experience in winter travel, including avalanche rescue and travel on icy terrain, as well as navigation skills as trails and markers are very hard to find in the snow.
Coquitlam SAR would like to highlight the seriousness of the situation these three hikers were in. Already shivering and very cold at sunset, they would have been waiting at least another three to four hours before SAR members would have been able to access the area, and even longer before they could be airlifted out. If they had not called when they did, if their cell phone had run out of power, if Talon Helicopters had not been available, or of Jim Delgrande had not been hiking in the area, this could have been a life threatening incident for all of them.
Coquitlam Search and Rescue is pleased to announce a significant funding milestone has been reached in their goal to replace their aging Mobile Command Centre. (18-12-14) Click Here Suspect in Port Moody assault, carjacking identified, facing multiple charges - To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here
Schools in Anmore and Port Moody on Shut-Down Because of a Police Incident (16-12-14)
At approximately 08:10 hours Port Moody Police received a report of an assault with a weapon in the Heritage Woods area. The suspect had fled prior to police arrival. Police recovered a weapon and a male was treated for minor injuries.
Police cordon off Fernway area, location of an armed assault. The photo is from the Tricities NOW.
Schools in Anmore and Port Moody are placed on Lock-Down
A nearby elementary school was placed in a code yellow lock-down as a precaution while police and a K9 unit searched for the suspect. Additional schools were added to the lock-down as a precaution. These schools included Aspenwood Elementary, Eagle Mountain Middle, and Heritage Woods Secondary, Anmore Elementary, Pleasantside Elementary in Anmore and Port Moody.
At approximately 10:30 hours Police received a report of a robbery at the top of Eagle Mountain. The suspect stole a female’s key and her vehicle. The suspect matched the description of the male from the previous assault.
Officers located the vehicle a few moments later. A 31 year old Coquitlam male was reported in custody around 11:20. The male is not known to Police and the investigation is ongoing. To link to Global News video Click Here
The school lock-downs were reported lifted around 11:40 as the male is now in custody. Police will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Area kids and tweens get creative to help stop drunk driving (16-12-14) Click Here Grade 11 and 12 students - Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 RCMP Introduction to Policing Course XVII Click Here Incident Report by Coquitlam Search and Rescue (11-12-14) Click Here
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Party and Awards Night, December 10, 2014
(Photos courtesy Melissa Cooke & Dave Gregory)
This year the honour guard helped to salute the SVFD Award recipients. These included Chief Larry Scott with 35 years of service and Bill Cooke with 25 years of service. A number of firefighters were also recognized for 5 and 10 years contributions. As well, it was good to see a number of new and returning SVFD trustees from both Anmore and Belcarra in attendance. Thank you!
Operation Red Nose helps local Mounties launch CounterAttack this Friday (04-12-14) Click Here Coquitlam Mounties launch the 2nd Annual "Cram the Cruiser" for SHARE food bank - Coquitlam - The Coquitlam Mounties are launching the 2nd Annual "Cram the Cruiser" Food Drive for the SHARE Family and Community Services on December 6th and everyone is invited to bring a non-perishable food donation to help fill up the police car. Click Here
The Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications for the spring 2015 Basic Training Sessions
Not just yet young man.
This is an excellent opportunity to;
- Gain valuable training and skill sets in all aspects of fire / rescue operations;
- Learn life long first aid skills;
- Improve your personal awareness and respect for safety;
- Serve your community as a valued and respected emergency service provider;
- Be challenged as you acquire the knowledge and skills to become a skilled fire fighter;
- Become part of a team that will develop into lasting friendships; and
- Have fun in a rewarding Public Service.
As a Department, we are committed to;
- provide you with up to date personal safety and fire/rescue equipment;
- train you to fire / rescue Provincial Standards;
- provide you with opportunities for additional training or specialty team tasks; and
- keep you safe.
As a preferred candidate, we expect you;
- will be available to attend at least 12 hours of training in each quarterly period, training nights are 19:00 to 21:00 every Wednesday;
- are available to attend emergency calls, evenings, days and holidays;
- have an acceptable, valid Class 5, BC Drivers License, (“N” or “L” not acceptable);
- are over the age of 19 years as of the date of your application;
- can provide a physician’s note confirming fit for Volunteer Fire Fighting;
- are a resident of the Village of Anmore or the Village of Belcarra.
L. G. Scott, Fire Chief
Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department