Industrial emergency response

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Preparing for industrial emergencies before they happen doesn’t only help during response, it also assists with fire and injury prevention. This makes for safer industrial areas and a safer community.

As a preparation tool, Strathcona County Emergency Services (SCES) has developed an Industrial Response Worksheet (IRW) for our industry partners to provide critical information to our first responders. 

Download the  Industrial Response Worksheet (2.1 MB)

The IRW does not replace your Emergency Response Plan. Rather, its aim is to ensure we arrive on site with the information needed to respond quickly and effectively according to your site requirements.

Overview of worksheet sections

Here is a short overview of the worksheet, which is divided into five sections.

1. Company overview

This section provides us with your site’s name and location, and other vital information.

For the purpose of this form, manned sites are considered to have personnel routinely on site, even if that is not 24/7. Regular hours of operation can be noted on the form.

Resources are items or equipment that can be used to bring emergency situations under control and could include but are not limited to:

  • Fire apparatus
  • Foam tanks
  • Portable generators
  • Hazmat equipment

* Please note that hand-deployed fire extinguishers are not considered a resource

2. Initial response instructions

In this section, you will enter the actions you want SCES to take when we arrive on scene and in the early stages of the emergency (i.e.stage at the gate and await further information, report to security, begin operations etc.).

3. Site map

To ensure the most accurate and effective site information, please provide a digital map of your site layout and clearly identify access routes, hazards and if possible, all of the items outlined in Section 4, “Site Specific Hazards” This information will be used to build a GIS dataset that will assist SCES with response/support for industrial partners. 

The preferred formats for the digital map are:

  • ESRI GIS (shape file or File Geodatabase) is the preferred format.
  • DWG format may be provided if you do not have shape or Geodatabase files.
  • CAD/GIS file metadata ~ Data Dictionary or Layer listing describing the contents of the CAD/GIS data.

Please ensure the following information is included in your map:

Industrial site features

  • Property boundary
  • Site access features (gates, roads etc.)
  • Security gates
  • Dangerous goods storage locations
  • Buildings (control room, security office, warehouses, offices, shops etc.)
  • Electrical panels/shut-off
  • Gas shut-off valves
  • Restricted spaces
  • Confined spaces

Emergency response features

  • Fire Department Connection
  • Fire alarm panel(s)
  • Lock Box(es)
  • Hydrants
  • Muster stations
  • Shelter-in-place locations
  • Staging areas
  • Wind sock
  • Wheeled fire extinguishers
  • Emergency incident command centre

4. Site-specific hazards

To help us prepare for the risk of exposure any hazardous materials on your site, please list all hazardous materials and requested details to ensure appropriate risk reduction measures are taken.

5. Key contacts

A short list of important site, corporate and preferred contractor contacts will ensure we can quickly contact the right people for critical information, decisions and services.

Submit the document

Once complete, please forward a copy of the worksheet to Fire Prevention and Investigation at fireprevention@strathcona.ca. Your submission will be reviewed, and you may be contacted for more information.

We are also available to answer any questions you may have while you are completing the IRW.

Once our review is complete, we will return the IRW to you in PDF format. Please print the file on 11x17 paper and store in a binder. The IRW should be kept in a convenient location so it can be made available to fire crews upon arrival.

Fire prevention and investigation
Phone: 780-449-9651
Email: Fireprevention@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Monday, July 22, 2019
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