2020 Q2 Newsletter - Training & Events

The operations team is working on adapting our 2020 plan to accommodate social distancing and travel restrictions. Our top priority is the health and safety of our response network, including ERAC staff. We want to be sure that if there’s an incident, we’re able to provide you with comprehensive support; this means healthy, well-trained responders, well-maintained equipment and reasonable response times.

We’re also pleased to mention that ERAC participated in the first hot tap of a transportation vessel in Canadian history. The procedure involves welding a connection to a tank, then drilling through the tank wall with a specialized drilling machine and then offloading through the new fitting. Following the event, through discussion with the ERAC Operations Committee, we’ve decided the procedure will be added to the ERAP. We are improving our current training material on the procedure now as well.

Regionals

As we approach the mid-year mark, the truncated timeline to conduct regional training and assessments and the health risks of travel dictate a different approach this year. We are looking at several options that focus on in-person events for a few ERAC teams, whereas our interaction with other teams will likely be online. We’re looking for ways to leverage virtual platforms to provide maximum benefit to the teams without putting health at risk. We anticipate all in-person training and assessments returning in 2021.

In the meantime, if your team would like instruction or help on a specific subject, please contact Lee Nelson, Operations Manager, at 250-318-5708 to discuss options.

Dates are updated on a regular basis, and subject to change.

LPG Regional Training

  • July 15 & 16, 2020 – Ram Environmental Response – Kamloops, BC
  • August 25 & 26, 2020 – Sutherland Excavating Ltd. – Saint John, NB
  • September 9 & 10, 2020 – Drain-All Ltd. – Bath, ON
  • September 26 & 27, 2020 – RST Industries Limited – St. John's, NL

First Responder Training

ERAC offers LPG Firefighting Awareness Training (available free online) as well as a two-day LPG Level 1 Operations Firefighting training course on-site for first responders.

In a typical year, ERAC holds about five LPG Level 1 Operations Firefighting training courses for first responders annually, with one day of classroom instruction and an additional day of “live burn” exercises. These events are held across Canada; instructors are ERAC full-time technical advisors with NFPA 1041 Level 11 Instructor credentials. Many of our responders are on-call firefighters in their community.

If you’d be interested in attending or arranging training for your department, contact Lee Nelson, Operations Manager, at 250-318-5708. Training sessions will commence again once it is safe to do so.