Public Safety in Maple Ridge
A SAFE COMMUNITY FOR…
OUR CITIZENS, VISITORS AND BUSINESSES
Keeping the community, its citizens and its visitors safe is an important priority in Maple Ridge. It begins with maintaining basic public health elements of safe drinking water, waste management and disease control as well as providing well-maintained and accessible streets, sidewalks and public buildings. Together, agencies like the police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue work hard to ensure that this goal is met.
Maple Ridge has an outstanding emergency response system that includes an Emergency Operations Centre and Emergency Support Services that can be activated in the event of a serious incident such as flood, fire or earthquake.
Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment is proud to fully support the regional Integrated teams that includes the Homicide Investigation Team, Police Service Dogs, Collision Reconstruction Team, Emergency Response Team and the Integrated Forensic Identification Team.
The current Ridge Meadows RCMP Master Plan identifies community priorities in crime reduction, with a focus on the reduction of property crime, delivering policing services with sensitivity to social issues, engagement and interaction with youth, and enforcement and community education around road and traffic safety.
The Ridge Meadows RCMP currently has 96 police officers assigned to Maple Ridge; Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows also contribute the equivalent of 12 members in (metro Vancouver area) specialized integrated teams. Forty-five City employees provide operational and administrative support for exhibits, prisoner guarding, client services, records management, crime analysis, court services, training, and fleet maintenance.
FIRE AND RESCUE
The Fire Department is responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property and the environment. This service is provided by a group of 60 dedicated paid-on-call firefighters, 51 full-time firefighters, six chief officers, three administrative support staff and one information technology support staff.
The department operates on the basis of a composite model, integrating the rapid response of the career firefighters with the ability to quickly call out the paid-on-call firefighters for multiple or large-scale emergencies. This model provides a guaranteed level of response which can be quickly expanded to meet the needs of the emergency and is a responsible use of the city budget.
The BC Ambulance Service provides public ambulance service in British Columbia under the authority of the British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS).
EMERGENCY SUPPORT SERVICES
In British Columbia, local governments lead the initial response to emergencies and disasters in their communities. The City of Maple Ridge maintains an emergency management organization to ensure the safety of citizens when a situation escalates beyond the first responder level.
The Emergency Program plans and prepares for emergencies, educates public about preparedness, ensures readiness of the Emergency Operations Centre and coordinates local volunteers engaged in Emergency Support Services.
SEARCH AND RESCUE
Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue (RMSR) is a volunteer group based in Maple Ridge. As one of over 80 search and rescue groups in the province, they respond to calls from local law enforcement to wilderness and urban searches and rescues.