Jim Hancock, P.Mgr., Fire Chief (retired), has an extensive background in fire services, having served as Platoon Chief, Deputy Chief and Chief during his 30 year career. Jim is an adjunct fire services instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and was formerly Chief of the Richmond, British Columbia, Fire Rescue Department; the City of Kitchener, Ontario Fire Department; and the City of Etobicoke, Ontario Fire Department.
While in Richmond BC, Jim led fire station location studies to support staffing optimization, and the relocation and design of various fire halls to include gender equality. As Chief of the Kitchener Fire Department from 1990 to 2000, Jim led the service through a number of strategic exercises, created a residential alarm monitoring system that shortened alerting and total response times from outlying fire halls, developed a joint emergency dispatch service, and negotiated automatic aid agreements with several neighbouring communities. While in Kitchener, Jim collaborated with the University of Waterloo, area fire departments, and the Region of Waterloo to establish a $15M fire training and research centre.
Jim brings his expertise to Pomax projects in the areas of fire services strategic planning, restructuring, fire station location, fire hall design, staffing, and training. He is experienced with rural and volunteer fire department operations through his involvement in mutual aid and automatic response agreements, and his role as a fire service instructor.