On Tuesday, June 21, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Training Centre in Sooke took part in a week-long spill response exercise, coordinated with the provincial Ministry of Environment. If you were wondering what was happening, here are the details.
In addition, below is a list of Sooke’s Search and Rescue’s activities (and in the news) over the past year and a bit.
Ministry of Environment conducts spill response exercise
Environmental emergency response officers (EEROs) from the Ministry of Environment took part in a spill response exercise on Tuesday, June 21 at the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Training Centre in Sooke as part of a week-long annual training session.
The exercise included two scenarios simulating fuel spills and provided an opportunity for EEROs to practice water boom deployment techniques both on the water and on the shoreline.
In today’s exercise, training was led by Western Canada Marine Response Corporation – the Transport Canada certified response organization for Canada’s West Coast. If a real spill were to occur in this area, EEROs would work collaboratively with local government, First Nations and other provincial and federal agencies.
The recent amendments to the Environmental Management Act will allow the ministry to put regulations in place with requirements for responder training and participation in drills and exercises. First Nations and local governments will also have opportunities to play a larger role in spill response preparedness through this legislation.
Regulations to support this legislation are currently being developed as engagement continues with the general public, stakeholders and First Nations. British Columbians have until June 30, 2016, to share their thoughts on proposed requirements for spill planning and preparedness at: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/spillresponse
RELATED: Want to know what Sooke’s Search and Rescue has been doing since SPN started tracking? Here’s what we’ve got on file so far!
- RCMSAR Station 37 (Sooke) respond immediately to Mayday: Vessel taking on water
- Sooke Community Grants: Legion gets $10,000, and Council remains within their $50,000 budget
- Search and Rescue Station 37: Recent call out, and open house invitation
- Sooke Search and Rescue bird’s eye view of the last decade in action, photos from the Sail Past
- Sooke, Victoria SAR stations awarded for their role in the 2015 Race Rocks rescue
- Sooke SAR recues missing person, Goodridge Island
- Station 37 (Sooke) Search and Rescue assisted 36′ sailing vessel
- Spill response exercise in Sooke waters
- Information update on the two missing men, RCMP and RCM-SAR 37
- Sooke’s Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue fundraiser details
- ICYMI CTV News VI Video: Sooke to become training hub for BC rescuers
- RCM-SAR interviewing rescue crew shortly
- It’s “Giving Tuesday” … Please consider Sooke’s Search and Rescue
- In their own words: Sooke’s SAR on the assist of the capsized boat
- Sooke Search and Rescue assist with capsized boat
- Sooke SAR Station 37 called to help kayaker on Remembrance Day
- Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
- Collaborative search and rescue effort to find two missing divers
- RCMP Media Release, on the missing hiker near Sombrio Beach (found)
- Search and Rescue seek hiker in Sombrio
- Maybe the last MAYDAY in May?
- Video: Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, East Sooke
- Helicopter activity in Sooke on Victoria Day Monday, RCMP find campers missing since Sunday