Q4 | December 2018
ERAC Q4 2018 Newsletter
President's Message
It’s hard to believe we’re almost through the calendar on 2018. It’s been a year of growth and change for ERAC – and for that, we’re grateful.

We’ve progressed with our equipment caches, with three fire suppression and one LPG cache set to be deployed early in 2019 in locations that most benefit our Plan Participant members. This includes the Prince George to Prince Rupert corridor, where several of our Plan Participants are gearing up for increased LPG activity. ERAC has been collaborating with these organizations to ensure that the necessary resources are in place, including securing a new team, GFL, out of Prince George that will come on with ERAC in the next couple of months. 

Earlier this year, the Quebec South-Rankin LPG Response Team became ERAC’s newest trained, assessed and approved response team. We welcome this team to our network of ERAC-certified responders.

ERAC would also like to welcome new remedial measures advisors (RMAs) Rob Barrow of Airdrie, AB and Mark Ehrman of Medicine Hat, AB.

We say goodbye to retiring LPG team lead John Murphy, Fort St. John, BC. John joined ERAC in 1996 and helped build this organization; we will miss his passion, dedication and perseverance.

ERAC is recruiting technical advisors and RMAs in Saskatchewan – contact Don Merriam, Operations Director, 514-714-1075.
First conference? Success!
ERAC held our first Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference from October 1 – 3 in Calgary. Despite a record snowfall in early October, we had guests from oil & gas, chemicals, transportation, government, partner organizations and response teams join us to listen, learn and network over the two days. 

LPG Firefighting: Almost three years, 280 firefighters, unlimited potential
Almost three years ago, we started a journey in training first responders to respond safely to LPG incidents; since then, we’ve reached about 280 participants in more than 20 fire departments in our two-day training program, and over 1,000 have taken our free online course.

Training and Events

While our regional training schedules will be available early in 2019, you can save the dates for a few of our upcoming events and opportunities.

In the Spotlight: Ontario Central

The Ontario Central LPG team responds out of Barrie, ON. The team is composed of members from Superior Propane, Moore Propane, Budget Propane and Primax Energy.

SafetySync and Training Course Update

We are pleased to announce that ERAC will be launching a new online training curriculum on our LMS, SafetySync, in early 2019. ERAC has developed a new HTML format for curriculum development that will engage responders with the learning material. More details will follow.

Safety Bulletin: Tohatsu Fire Pump - Overheating and Seizure

While being used during wildland firefighting operations, one of ERAC’s Tohatsu fire pumps may have run out of two-stroke oil. As a result, the pump went into overheat alarm mode, shut down and would not restart.

E2 Plans: Changes Coming

Environment and Climate Change Canada is rolling out a new submission process for environmental emergency (E2) plans, with a target date of Q2 2019.

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors!
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