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August 11, 2016 - Vancouver, BC - Photos for JIBC. Photos by Jimmy JeongTara Stroup oversees the emergency program for the City of Port Coquitlam. Thanks to her training in emergency management at JIBC, she helps ensure the city is prepared in case of a disaster.
(Story by Wanda Chow / Photo by Jimmy Jeong)

 

A major fire was burning at a strip mall in the downtown area of Port Coquitlam. Senior city staff were arriving to take their posts at the city’s emergency operations centre. Tara Stroup, emergency program officer for the City of Port Coquitlam, was there, ready and able to guide them thanks to her training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

“The courses at JIBC have helped me to feel confident in my role of leading senior staff in an activation activity,” she said. “They came in not really knowing what to do and I was able to stay calm and assertive and guide them in the different aspects of what they needed to do in order to fulfill that process.”

Tara has worked a total of 15 years in the emergency management field with three different municipalities. She currently manages Port Coquitlam’s city emergency program, including ensuring staff and volunteers are trained, and conducting annual exercises so they’ll all be ready when disaster hits.

It was a role she first inherited as an administrator in a local fire department and which she came to enjoy. As a mother of four, well versed in the art of planning, coordinating and juggling activities and schedules, it was a natural segue into the field.

“Emergency management is an extremely dynamic field with so much work, it’s incredible.”

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