NRCAER

Northeast Region CAER is a mutual aid emergency response association in Alberta that was formed in 1991. Our members include emergency management professionals, pipeline companies, chemical transporters, and area municipal emergency response departments.

Chemtrade Exercise Tests Site & Mutual Aid Emergency Response

September 21, 2018, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta:  Chemtrade Logistics Inc. tested their emergency response plan in an exercise on September 18th. The scenario involved a damaged pipeline and subsequent product release.  Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department and RCMP were dispatched to the site, and the decision to activate NRCAER mutual aid was made, bringing emergency response crews and vehicles from both Sherritt and Dow.

 With a recently updated site emergency response plan and some new staff, Chemtrade was looking to achieve a series of objectives.  “Specifically, we wanted to confirm our site emergency response protocols and how our people coordinate with Fort Saskatchewan Fire. They did a great job,” said Hassan Halbouni, Plant Manager at Chemtrade.  “Escalating the scenario to activate NRCAER and involving our mutual aid partners provided the opportunity for more responders to practice, and that benefits everyone.”

According to Fort Saskatchewan Deputy Fire Chief Paul Prevost, exercises build cooperation, resilience and preparedness in emergency management practices. "When municipal and industrial partners work together in the planning phase and during simulated emergency events, we’re able to refine skills and expose potential learning opportunities. On Tuesday all of us got to use skills and equipment that we train on continually. As an emergency manager and instructor, that’s a big deal," said Deputy Chief Prevost.

NRCAER’s multi-agency approach to training and emergency management through mutual aid has been in place for the past 27 years. “As an industry-municipal mutual aid organization, we lead in this space,” says Brenda Gheran, Executive Director with NRCAER. “Each member brings their experience and best practices, locally and globally, to the table. These highly trained responders and equipment are supported by forward-thinkers who look beyond individual boundaries to ensure our region remains safe, informed and prepared now and into the future.” Still, Gheran notes that each time municipalities and industries talk and collaborate, discoveries are made. “All NRCAER members are committed to safety and willingly share that information which makes all response plans better.”

About Chemtrade Logistics: Chemtrade’s two plants in Fort Saskatchewan produce and supply sulphur-enhanced chemicals for the pulp and paper and oil and gas industry; as well as water treatment chemicals to municipalities and industries throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. www.chemtradelogistics.com

About Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER): NRCAER is the region’s mutual aid emergency response organization. Members are emergency management professionals from local industry, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the Counties of Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon, and the towns of Bruderheim, Gibbons, Morinville and Redwater.  Further information can be found at www.nrcaer.com.

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Be Emergency Ready Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 - 12, 2018

May 2, 2018: Local mutual aid emergency response organization Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), is hosting a free event to encourage residents to Be Emergency Ready.

Wednesday, May 9th from 3:45 – 5:15
Fort Saskatchewan Co-Op parking lot
Information, Giveaways, Hotdogs, Response Vehicles

“As a region, we need to be emergency ready, regardless of what the emergency is,” says Brenda Gheran of NRCAER. The late spring resulted in recent overland flooding. Now that the snow has melted, there is a lot of dry vegetation, and that means potential for wildfires. “Emergency Preparedness Week is a time to start conversations and take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies.”  

A recent survey asked residents in the area questions about emergency readiness with the following results:
·         85% of respondents were somewhat or very prepared to look after their household   immediate needs for 72 hours
·         54% were somewhat or very prepared to evacuate with a kit of essentials ready to go
·         37% were aware of the Shelter in Place safety action in response to an airborne hazard

“Ongoing community education and awareness is key to an effective response,” emphasizes Gheran. “It’s up to each of us to do our part, and with free resources at our finger tips, preparing is easier than ever.” Gheran refers to the Alberta Emergency Management Agency www.aema.alberta.ca and www.getprepared.gc.ca websites.

Residents were also asked about their primary information source in an emergency:
·         43% said local media
·         26% said local municipality
·         22% said social media
·         13% said alert systems

Recently, wireless public alerting came into effect in Canada. On May 9th, a nation-wide test of the system will be conducted. Smart phones that are LTE network enabled will receive a text message. “These are all tools in the toolkit, and no single method will reach 100% of the people, 100% of the time,” says Gheran. “It is better than it’s ever been, and all the tools help get people the right information at the right time.”

NRCAER members include emergency management professionals from area industry and the municipalities of Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Morinville, Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon. Since 1991, the group has been sharing best practices in emergency response planning, training, community safety education and notification. Further information can be found at www.nrcaer.com

© 2014 NRCAER (Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response)
 #300, 9940 - 99 Ave
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4G8
Tel. 780-424-0162 | info@nrcaer.com

 
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