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.

Sherritt Exercise Tests Multi-Agency Response


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Sherritt Exercise Tests Multi-Agency Response

October 6, 2016 Fort Saskatchewan: On the morning of October 6th, Sherritt International held an emergency response training exercise at its Fort Saskatchewan facility.

"We do a large scale activity every five years to challenge our assumptions and make necessary adjustments to our emergency preparedness plans to ensure our employees and communities are safe," says Mark Fermandell, Sherritt’s General Manager. "We appreciate the collaboration and tremendous effort put in by our partners such as the local first responders, mutual aid partners and local government agencies during the planning and execution of this exercise. Having our partners input and participation will allow us to improve emergency preparedness capabilities with our neighbours as a whole and will make our communities safer and stronger together."

Multi-agency exercises provide an opportunity for mutual aid partners to work together and strengthen joint response capability in the region, according to Brenda Gheran, Executive Director of Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), the region’s mutual aid emergency response organization. "In addition to exercise evaluators and observers from about 20 organizations, a number of our members and partners had active roles in the Sherritt exercise including Agrium, Dow, Fort Saskatchewan RCMP and the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department."

"Sherritt has a comprehensive emergency management program and a long history of working with our local fire department as well as others in the region through NRCAER," says Fort Saskatchewan Fire Chief, James Clark. "Participating in exercises at industry sites is a benefit to our firefighters, as they get familiar with a specialized response and experience how we work collaboratively with our local industry for safety." As part of the exercise, the City of Fort Saskatchewan also activated its Emergency Operations Centre, providing a training opportunity for City staff.

About Sherritt:

Sherritt is a world leader in the mining and refining of nickel from lateritic ores with projects and operations in Canada, Cuba, and Madagascar. The Corporation is the largest independent energy producer in Cuba, with extensive oil and power operations across the island. Sherritt licenses its proprietary technologies and provides metallurgical services to mining and refining operations worldwide. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "S".

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NRCAER is a mutual aid emergency response association formed in 1991. Members include emergency management professionals from local industry and municipalities in the area known as Alberta’s industrial heartland. In its 25-year history, the group has focused on enhancing safety through multi-agency training and sharing best practices for emergency management and response.

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Information Contacts: Lyle Trytten, Director, Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs, Sherritt International Corp.


Brenda Gheran, NRCAER Executive Director


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