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The City of Portage la Prairie is dedicated to public safety.

emergency thumbnailFIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES
Our Fire Station is located at 124 3rd Street NE in Portage.  Telephone: (204) 239-8340
Portage Emergency Services proudly protects over 20,000 people living in an area covering approximately 850 square miles. We offer services to both the City and the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, as well as being a member of the Boyne River Mutual Aid District.    More >>

rcmpPOLICE SERVICES 
Our Police Station is located at 340 Lorne Ave. East in Portage.  Telephone: (204) 857-4445
The Portage la Prairie RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) provides policing services to the City of Portage la Prairie, the RM of Portage la Prairie and North Norfolk. The detachment also polices three First Nation communities (Dakota Tipi, Dakota Plains and Long Plain). Within the Rural Municipalities, Portage la Prairie Detachment also provides policing service to the communities of Oakville, St. Ambroise, Delta Beach, High Bluff, Oakland, MacDonald, Poplar Point, MacGregor, Austin, Sydney and twelve Hutterite colonies.     More>> 

BYLAW ENFORCEMENT 
Telephone: (204) 239-8326
The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires provides non-core police services for the City of Portage la Prairie including bylaw enforcement, parking control and animal control services


FIRE SAFETY

Home Safety Basics
Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in Canada. Approximately 85% of fire deaths occur in the home, and most deaths are due to smoke inhalation. Smoke alarms will warn you of a fire in time to let you escape.
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Here are some Basic Prevention Tips
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• Install a certified smoke alarm on each level of your home.
• Have and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
• Know your fire department’s phone number.
• Have and know how to use your fire extinguisher.
• Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
• Don’t overload the electrical outlets.
• Always barbecue outside.
• Never leave grease cooking unattended.
• Clean grease from burner pans and stove top regularly.
• Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area.
• Purchase smoke alarms that have the label of the Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada.
• Test your smoke alarm at least twice a year.
• Test the battery once a month (by pushing the button on the unit).
• Never remove the battery for any reason.
• Replace the battery twice a year.
• Replace smoke alarms every five years.  © 2004 Canada Safety Council

Permits & By-laws 
Here you will find general information as well as permit applications and PDFs of By-laws that are managed by the Portage Fire Department. By-laws are available to download at the bottom of this page.

Approved Outdoor Burning Appliance Permits:
The City of Portage la Prairie Open Air Fire By-law requires a permit for use of an approved outdoor burning appliance. This permit need only be obtained once unless the appliance is moved, and there is no fee for this service.Complete the form and drop it off at Portage Emergency Services at 124 3rd St. NE. Arrangements will be made for an inspection of your appliance in order to make sure that all safety requirements are met.
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Outdoor Burning Appliance Permit
Please visit City Hall or Portage Fire Hall to receive an application.
General Requirements for Outdoor Burning Appliances -pdf
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Open Air Fire Permit Applications:

The City of Portage Open Air Fire By-law allows fires under certain circumstances. For further information please click on the link below. Section 1 through 6 of the General Requirements specifies the material which may be burned and the guidelines for burning. The regulations regarding Open Air Fires (Specific Burn) are clearly stated.
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Open Air Fire Permit:
Open Air Fire Permit Application -pdf
General Requirements for Open Air Fires -pdf
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Traffic By-law #01-8105:

The City of Portage la Prairie Traffic By-law is administered in part by the Portage Emergency Services Division. Under this By-law a Parade Permit is required for each parade event. For an application form please click on the link below. When completed this form is to be dropped off at the Portage Emergency Services office at 124 3rd Street NE.  If street closure is required for the event, application must be made to the City of Portage la Prairie at least six weeks in advance.
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Parade Permit
Parade Permit Application -pdf

Parking Meter Policing Services:
Parking Meter Services are supplied by Corps of Commissionaires under contract to the City of Portage la Prairie . Parking tickets may be paid at City Hall from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each weekday, through TelPay or by credit card payment on the City’s website or by using the after-hour box on the door.

Animal Control By-law #02-8165:
Animal Control Services are supplied by Corps of Commissionaires under contract to the City of Portage la Prairie. Both the Animal Control Officer and the Animal Pound can be reached by calling 204-239-8326. All dogs and cats over the age of 6 months are required to be licensed. Pet licenses may be obtained at City Hall.  For information regarding the requirements for licensing and fees please call 204-239-8326. The City of Portage also has resources for the control of skunks and beavers in the City area.  To report a problem with skunks or beavers please call 204-239-8340.

Download By-Laws
Fire #05-8266
Open Air Fire #04-8228
Solid Fuel Furnace #94-7640
Traffic #01-8105
Animal Control #02-8165
Other By-Laws

FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

Our Fire Station is located at 124 3rd Street NE in Portage.
Telephone: (204) 239-8340
The City of Portage la Prairie Fire Department is contracted to provide Fire and Rescue services to the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie and Dakota Tipi First Nation. We cover an area of approximately 864 square miles and a population of approximately 20,000 people.

OUR SERVICES:
– Fire Suppression & Prevention
– Water & Confined Space Rescue
– Vehicle Extrication
– Haz-Mat Operations
– Water and Ice Rescue
– Confined Space Technical Rescue
– Rescue Practices (Low Angle)
– Public Education Presentations
– Industrial, Business & Home Fire & Safety Inspections
– Certified Child Car Seat Inspection Centre
– Youth Fire Stop Program

WE BELONG TO:
– International Association of Fire Fighters
– Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
– Manitoba Professional Fire Fighters
– Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs
– Boyne River Mutual Aid District
– National Fire Protection Association
– Official Supporter of the Fire Fighters Burn Fund (Annual Bike Auction & Golf Tournament)
– Official Supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Annual Car Wash)

OUR DISPATCH METHODS:
– 9-1-1
– Emergency Line
– Fleetnet & VHF Radios
– Modern Paging System for all Personnel
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OUR EQUIPMENT:

– 2 Pumpers
– 1 Pumper/Tanker
– 100 ft. Aerial Platform Quint
– Mini Pumper
– Rescue Vehicle
– Technical Rescue/Hazardous Material Trailer
– Wildland Trailer
– 3 Utility Vehicles
– Zodiac Boat
– Snowmobile Rescue Boggan
– All Terrain Vehicle
– Fire Safety House
– Thermal Imaging Technology

Additional Services:
Portage Emergency Services administers many of the City by-laws including the Fire By-law, Open Air Fire By-law, Solid Fuel Furnace By-law, Traffic By-law, Animal Control Services and Parking Meter Services.

Portage Fire Fighters Social Club:
The Portage Fire Fighters Social Club participates in many annual activities such as the Fire Fighters Spring Ball and an annual booth at the Portage Fair.  Proceeds from these events and many others are donated to charity.

For additional information concerning our Department or services offered you can reach us at:
Telephone: (204) 239-8340  Fax: (204) 239-5154
E-Mail to: sharont@city-plap.com  (Administrative Assistant)

POLICE SERVICES

Our Police Station is located at 340 Lorne Ave. East in Portage.
Telephone: (204) 857-4445
The Portage la Prairie RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) provides policing services to the City of Portage la Prairie, the RM of Portage la Prairie and North Norfolk. The detachment also polices three First Nation communities (Dakota Tipi, Dakota Plains and Long Plain). Within the Rural Municipalities, Portage la Prairie Detachment also provides policing service to the communities of Oakville, St. Ambroise, Delta Beach, High Bluff, Oakland, MacDonald, Poplar Point, MacGregor, Austin, Sydney and twelve Hutterite colonies.

Portage RCMP Mayor’s Annual Report:
April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015

Local Population:
The population of Portage la Prairie is approximately 13,000 people. The rural population is approximately 9,000 people.

RCMP Detachment:
The detachment consists of 46 regular members in Portage la Prairie. Thirty four members are attached to the Municipal Policing Contract and are supported by six municipal employees. The Rural component consists of 12 members and four public service employees. This includes two Traffic Services members and a one-person Police Service Dog Section, which serves most of south-western Manitoba. The detachment also has 5 members in the General Investigation Section (GIS), one member as school Liaison and on member as the Community Policing/Media Liaison Officer. The detachment maintains a fleet of 17 vehicles, two snowmobiles and one boat.

Crime Prevention:
Members of the RCMP are involved with a number of programs designed to prevent crime in our communities through both indirect and direct intervention. From school talks to youth initiatives and community safety plans, the goal of crime prevention programs is to target the roots of potential criminal and social problems.

Police-Community Relations:
Without a solid base upon which to work, the police cannot hope to build the necessary partnerships with the community to prevent crime and to solve community problems. Members of the RCMP strive to build those bridges by appreciating the needs of the communities in which they work and live. Their commitment to the community goes beyond simple participation as residents, but also as active members of the community.

Citizens On Patrol (COPP):

Mission
To mobilize citizens to participate in a community-based crime prevention initiative in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies.

Program Goals:
Deterrence to provide a presence in the community through patrolling by vehicle, by foot, by bicycle or other means, as required.
Education to educate Manitobans about crime prevention.
Awareness to increase Manitobans’ awareness on crime-related issues such as theft, auto theft and speeding.COPP facts

Portage la Prairie has a very active Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) which was established in 1992. The main goal of this program is for volunteer community members to be on the look-out for any suspicious or criminal activity, to record this activity and, where appropriate, to report such activities to the police. COPP members act as additional  “eyes and ears” for their community and the police, which can assist in reducing crime.

The Citizens on Patrol Program is administered through the detachment Community Policing Office and the RCMP Media Relations Officer. COPP members are kept informed of crime trends and areas to be aware of in the City. Duties include:

  • COPP members patrol at night (in pairs) looking for suspicious people and/or activity.  Patrols usually take place between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, however volunteers can choose their own hours.
  • COPP members in Portage la Prairie are involved with the Speed Watch Education Program working, at times, in partnership with the RCMP Traffic Services unit.
  • COPP members are responsible for the City Residential Check Program. COPP members, while on patrol, check on the residences of people away on holidays or out of the City for an extended period of time. A daily log is kept of activity around the property.

Portage la Prairie COPP requests that volunteers make a minimum commitment of 3 hours per month.  Training in regards to personal safety, reporting incidents, etc is provided.

Why become a COPP member?

  • Contribute to the well-being of your community by helping reduce crime.
  • Build a feeling of personal satisfaction knowing you are proactively improving safety in your community.
  • Gain an understanding of crime-related issues and increase your knowledge of crime prevention strategies.
  • Participate with like-minded individuals who share a similar goal.
  • Patrol when it fits your schedule.
  • Have fun and get to know your neighbours!

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • In good health.
  • Live, work or have a vested interest in the patrol area.
  • Must complete a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check (free of charge)
  • Good interpersonal skills and communications skills.
  • Possess positive attitude and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work responsibly with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work in a professional manner.

Anyone interested in having their home registered for the Residential Check Program can complete the attached form and drop it off at the Portage la Prairie RCMP Detachment.
Residential Check Form – Click  Here

COPP is always looking for new members to join their group. Anyone interested can visit the RCMP detachment and complete an application.  Upon receipt of a clean criminal record check and vulnerable sector check, your application will be forwarded to the next Portage la Prairie COPP meeting for approval.

The COPP website can be found here.

To learn more about the RCMP check out the RCMP website here