Membership Benefits

Emergency Response

  • National plan that responds to rail, truck and stationary tanks anywhere in Canada (including offshore in Canadian territorial waters) to facilitate any future corporate expansions
  • ERAC invests in retention, training and maintenance costs of our committed response network of experts made up of remedial measures advisors, technical advisors and response teams from coast to coast
  • Equipment caches situated throughout the network for surge capacity due to changing demands or incident volume
  • Firefighting equipment and manpower located strategically across the country
  • Emergency call centre ERAP phone number manned 24/7/365
  • On-call home base coordinators provide technical advice to meet regulatory compliance
  • Technical advisors to manage incidents in a safe and cost-effective manner for Plan Participants
  • Emergency logistics support, including trained, assessed and approved response teams, for incidents
  • ERAC's ArcGIS Resource Locator and Incident Dashboard available to all members
  • Full Plan Participant debriefing and reporting on every Tier 2 implementation incident
  • Monthly emergency call centre drills
  • Growth of specialized emergency services (hot tap, vent and burn, ISC defeat, etc.)
  • Continuous network monitoring and analysis for gap and risk

Cost Effective

  • Fixed costs limited to annual standby charge
  • Opportunity to offset standby charges by supplying fully trained personnel and/or equipment
  • No upcharges on emergency response fees
  • As a not-for-profit corporation, ERAC invests all revenue over expenses to improving its emergency response capabilities for its Plan Participants
  • ERAC maintains $10,000,000 in comprehensive general liability insurance

Government Regulation Compliance

  • Participation includes Transport Canada-approved Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) number, where applicable
  • Support for Transport Canada's ERAP Online Services (EOS) system
  • ERAP program administration, including managing response capabilities and contracts in EOS
  • Can develop Environmental Emergency (E2) plans compliant with Environment and Climate Change Canada regulations
  • Cen develop spill contingency plans that meet the requirements of the B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
  • Can develop rail security plans compliant with Transport Canada regulations
  • Compliance assurance and readiness reviews for Plan Participants
  • ERAC meets regularly and maintains relationships with government organizations, such as Transport Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
  • Community outreach, including fire departments and Indigenous communities

Ongoing Responder Training

  • Continuous improvement of training modules created by ERAC for industry
  • Contracted responders fully trained in  H2S, fire awareness, Incident Command System (ICS), product transfer, critical stress management, static electricity control, first aid and CPR, public safety, flaring and purging, gas detection, containers, SCBA/PPE, media relations, TDG and WHMIS
  • Technical advisors receive additional NFPA-based training, including but not limited to: Tank Car Specialist, Hazardous Materials Technician, Crude by Rail Firefighting, Highway Emergency Response, hot tapping, and vent and burn
  • ERAC trains, assesses and approves all responders and response teams annually
  • Ensure responder network meets Transport Canada training requirements as per Emergency Response Task Force recommendation
  • ERAC responder competence and compliance are tracked through our Learning Management System, Workhub
  • Development of formal hazard assessments, policies, procedures and codes of practice, which are made available to responder network
  • Network monitoring for safety-related incidents or near misses, which are communicated to responders through bulletins
  • Free online training and on-site mobile LPG firefighting training for fire departments

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