WCSS Spill Responder Series Training

The Spill Responder Series is intended for individuals who wish to provide accreditation to their employers and/or clients to indicate that they have the most advanced spill response training available in Western Canada.  Upon the completion of the 5 courses, the student will receive certification in Spill Response Management and be recognized by WCSS as an effective contribution to any spill preparedness and response plan in the upstream oil and gas industry.

 

Spill Responder 100

This course is a pre-requisite for the remaining Spill Responder Series 

ONLINE TRAINING    $110.00 +GST (Preview)

 Self-study: The manual is $65.00 + GST per copy. To purchase, please contact Leona Boisselle at 587.393.9620

2018 Classroom Dates TBA

$290

The Alberta Energy Regulator's Directive 071 requires that all licensees have the responsibility to ensure that they are fully prepared and capable of responding to any level of emergency such as oil spills. This one-day awareness level classroom course has been designed to meet the AER's Directive 071 minimum recommended level of spill response training for anyone who may have to respond to an oil spill, as well as for members of WCSS who may have missed an annual Oil Spill Cooperative  training exercise. The course provides spill responders with basic practical information that will help them to respond quickly and appropriately to a liquid hydrocarbon spill on both land and water. It consists of the following chapters, each with its own quiz:

  • Spill prevention and preparedness, regulatory reporting requirements and basic ICS 
  • Field safety precautions
  • Initial spill response
  • Containment and recovery techniques

Instructors share their real-life experiences and provide many practical examples in addition to answering questions. 

To register, call 587-393-9620

 

Spill Responder 200

 

2018 Course Date TBA

$1100 

A practical application of the concepts learned in Spill Responder 100;  this  2-day course includes half a day in the classroom to review spills to wetlands, surface water and land spills, including case studies, with the other day and a half in the field where students are involved in the following activities: 

  • Dryland equipment deployment demonstration and exercise
  • Watergate Dam deployment
  • Turner Valley Gate deployment
  • Straw boom and straw fences
  • Anchor options
  • Boom deployment in a small water body
  • Inverted Weir placement
  • Wildlife equipment awareness and deployment of various types of deterrence and hazing material
  • Water tank demonstration with various skimmers (drum skimmers, Pedco skimmer, skimpak)
  • Sorbents usage

Students will have the opportunity to deploy equipment at 3 separate stations, giving them the skills that will prepare them to respond to a release on land or a small water body. 

Note: Attendees are required to bring their own personal protective equipment (fire-retardant outer work wear, hard hat, protective footwear, safety glasses, and appropriate work wear for anticipated weather conditions) for the deployment exercise.

There will be an exam with a 70% pass mark.

To register, call 587-393-9620

 

Spill Responder 300

2018 Course Date TBA

$800

Spill response in a water body with an ice sheet provides its own unique challenges.  Students who complete this course will gain experience with ice hazard assessment and ice rescue, identifying weight-bearing capacity to assist with choosing the proper equipment for an effective response in winter conditions and ice slotting. This hands-on training program includes:

  • Safety
  • Ice rescue with ropes and a rescue sled
  • Ice evaluation & slot layout
  • Block cutting and removal
  • Containment and recovery equipment in ice conditions

 Note: Attendees are required to bring their own personal protective equipment (fire-retardant outer work wear, hard hat, protective footwear, safety glasses, and appropriate work wear for anticipated weather conditions) for the deployment exercise.

There will be an exam with a 70% pass mark.

 To register, call 587-393-9620

 

Spill Responder 400

2018 Course Date TBA

$1850

Responders will learn how to deploy containment and recovery equipment in open water using WCSS jet boats over the course of 2 days. WCSS-certified operators will be provided in each of the boats.

This course is designed for industry personnel, contractors, and government personnel who are responsible for responding to spills in surface water (rivers, lakes, sloughs). 

Oil spills that enter a watercourse have the potential to cause very serious and widespread damage to the environment. Having an effective response strategy and properly trained response personnel can greatly enhance a company's response capability and reduce environmental liability. 

Course participants are provided with the information and hands-on experience that will enable them to effectively contain and recover an oil spill into surface water. The course includes information on spill response techniques and equipment deployment options for various environmental and climatic conditions. 

Students will review containment and recovery techniques for both flowing and stagnant water bodies in the classroom for the first half-day, and the other day and a half will be spent working on a large river and a lake. They will work with various pieces of equipment required to safely contain and recover hydrocarbon in surface water. The equipment will include:

  • Single engine jet boats
  • Twin engine Barge with Advancing Bow Skimmer
  • Airboat
  • Drum skimmers (we would probably have both Elastec and Aquaguard skimmers)
  • Pedco skimmer
  • Various anchors, chain and ropes
  • Marker buoys
  • Inflatable lake boom
  • Standard fast water river boom
  • Sorbent boom, pads and rolls
  • Shallow water boom

Note: Attendees are required to bring their own personal protective equipment (fire-retardant outer work wear, hard hat, protective footwear, safety glasses, and appropriate work wear for anticipated weather conditions) for the deployment exercise on both days.

There will be an exam with a 70% pass mark.

To register, call 587-393-9620

 

Spill Responder 500 

2018 Course Date TBA

$1450

This dynamic two-day course is the final step in the Spill Responder series and is based on the role of the Incident Commander at an oil spill.  Senior company personnel will benefit from this course, as will environmental consultants and any individuals who would be required to manage an oil spill.  The course content will help better to prepare individuals for the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the Incident Command Post (ICP).

 Included in this training:

  • Regulator Expectations at a spill
  • Public and Responder safety
  • Spill Preparedness
  • Initial Response and the development of response plans
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Incident Commander
  • Crew Organization
  • How to set up an ICP and roll out the Incident Command System
  • Basic staged approach to site set up and how it can work with the EOC
  • Containment & Recovery, SCAT Planning
  • Wildlife Management
  • Water Quality and Sampling
  • Communications Management
  • Decontamination and Waste Plans

Case studies and workshops are included. This is an industry-taught training course, with Subject Matter Experts available to discuss specific details of lessons learned from previous spills.

 The course is also of value to individuals that are actively in the capacity of an incident commander at oil spill exercises.  It is highly recommended that attendees of this course have a minimum of ICS -100 training, and have been involved in a minimum of 3 spills.

There will be an exam with a 70% pass mark.

 To register, call 587-393-9620