Every year we conduct several emergency response exercises in all areas where the existing Trans Mountain pipeline operates. This year, was another successful year with our Emergency Management team participating in 18 exercises allowing opportunity for our personnel to train on response equipment, enhance their response skills and coordinate with our response partners.

As part of our commitment to safety, prevention and preparedness Trans Mountain is required to practice our emergency response plans for various scenarios along the pipeline corridor and at our facilities.  This includes practicing response on water and on land, and in many types of seasonal conditions.

Here’s a look at the emergency exercises held by Trans Mountain this year:

Two Full-Scale Exercises

A full-scale exercise is a multi-agency, multi jurisdictional activity involving the mobilization and actual movement of emergency personnel, equipment and resources as if a real scenario has occurred. These exercises include both a field deployment of equipment and personnel, and activation of Trans Mountain’s Incident management Team (IMT) that implements a fully functional Incident Command Post (ICP), led by a Unified Commander (UC).

  • Jasper - Crews practiced winter emergency response procedures on a frozen body of water near Jasper National Park to better prepare for responses in the Canadian winters.
  • Westridge Marine Terminal - One of the largest emergency response exercises in the company’s history, more than 300 participants/observers and 20 response agencies worked together in a coordinated effort to demonstrate and practice spill response procedures and tactics on Burrard Inlet. 

Six On-Water Spill Deployment Exercises

Spill equipment deployments include personnel training with on-water response equipment such as, jet boats, booms, skimmers and scrubbers.

Five Table-Top Exercises

Tabletop exercises are discussion-based sessions where our response team members meet in an informal, classroom setting to discuss their roles during an emergency and their responses to a particular emergency scenario.

  • Puget Sound
  • Sumas
  • Kamloops
  • Thompson River
  • Alberta

Five Fire Equipment Deployments

These exercises take place at our storage facilities and terminals where staff practice responding to a simulated fire scenario by deploying equipment such as hoses, foam cannons and other fire-extinguishing systems.