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Utilizing External Personnel During Fires/Disasters Presentation by Bart Clark, C.M.P. Manager, Protective Services Sturgeon County Fire Chief.

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2 Utilizing External Personnel During Fires/Disasters Presentation by Bart Clark, C.M.P. Manager, Protective Services Sturgeon County Fire Chief

3 About Sturgeon County located just north of Edmonton located just north of Edmonton encompasses 911square miles encompasses 911square miles mix of oil & gas, farming, country residential mix of oil & gas, farming, country residential Approx. 19,000 rural residents Approx. 19,000 rural residents

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5 About Sturgeon County 2500 Oil & Gas locations 2500 Oil & Gas locations Over 80 rural residential subdivisions Over 80 rural residential subdivisions Sturgeon County has co-terminus boundaries with 15 other municipalities Sturgeon County has co-terminus boundaries with 15 other municipalities On-Call (part-time) Fire departments located in Bon Accord, Calahoo, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville, Namao, and Redwater On-Call (part-time) Fire departments located in Bon Accord, Calahoo, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville, Namao, and Redwater

6 Fire Services Fulltime Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief Fulltime Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief 200 part-time firefighters in seven fire departments. 200 part-time firefighters in seven fire departments. 8 pumper trucks, 5 water tankers, 3 mini-pumper 4 x 4 fast attack units, 3 quad wildland units 8 pumper trucks, 5 water tankers, 3 mini-pumper 4 x 4 fast attack units, 3 quad wildland units

7 Sturgeon County Case Study Wednesday, May 29th at approximately 10:30 a.m., our 9-1-1Call Answer Centre received a report of a wildland fire north of Township Road 570 on Range Road 224. Wednesday, May 29th at approximately 10:30 a.m., our 9-1-1Call Answer Centre received a report of a wildland fire north of Township Road 570 on Range Road Redwater firefighters, 1 pumper, and 1 tanker dispatched to fire location. 6 Redwater firefighters, 1 pumper, and 1 tanker dispatched to fire location. Redwater Fire Chief reports back that we had a very large out of control forest fire. Redwater Fire Chief reports back that we had a very large out of control forest fire.

8 First in fire unit

9 Calls for Assistance Made  Calls for assistance sent out to Bon Accord, Calahoo, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Namao, Radway, Strathcona County, Thorhild Fire Departments and to Sturgeon County Fire Chief.  County Peace Officers dispatched to secure roadways, site security.(identified in MEP)  Command Post established at SW corner of Township Road 572 and Range Road 221.

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11 May 1030 hours Swirling winds out of NW KPH. Wind gusts to 85 KPH. Swirling winds out of NW KPH. Wind gusts to 85 KPH. RH 21%, +26C RH 21%, +26C Redwater Fire Department dispatched gal Tanker, Gal Pumper, and crew of 6 firefighters to scene. Redwater Fire Department dispatched gal Tanker, Gal Pumper, and crew of 6 firefighters to scene. Fire Command System established. Level 1 & 2 staging locations established. Fire Sectors assigned to incoming fire crews. Fire Command System established. Level 1 & 2 staging locations established. Fire Sectors assigned to incoming fire crews.

12 Emergency Operations Centre Complex Fire-Incident Command Commenced Complex Fire-Incident Command Commenced 1700 hours-Sturgeon County establishes their Emergency Operations Centre. EOC in effect until June hours-Sturgeon County establishes their Emergency Operations Centre. EOC in effect until June 5. Fire spotting in multiple directions, sparks traveling 500 meters and resulting in fires. “Out of Control” Fire spotting in multiple directions, sparks traveling 500 meters and resulting in fires. “Out of Control” 2,000 acres involved. 2,000 acres involved. 82 homes are located within a 6-km radius. 82 homes are located within a 6-km radius. Residents within 750 meters of the fire area have been evacuated. Residents within 750 meters of the fire area have been evacuated hours-2 homes lost to fire hours-2 homes lost to fire.

13 Events-May 29th Reception Centre for evacuees Reception Centre for evacuees Evacuees booked into motels.(staff coordinated) Evacuees booked into motels.(staff coordinated) Command requests air support from Alberta Forestry in Lac La Biche. Command requests air support from Alberta Forestry in Lac La Biche. No choppers available at this time. All air support being utilized for northern Alberta fires. No choppers available at this time. All air support being utilized for northern Alberta fires. Fire breaks are unable to hold fire. Fire “Out of Control” Fire breaks are unable to hold fire. Fire “Out of Control” One private wildland contractor hired with a skidder and a 4- man crew of type 3 firefighters.(identified in MEP) One private wildland contractor hired with a skidder and a 4- man crew of type 3 firefighters.(identified in MEP) Town of Gibbons and Redwater assisting. Fire size increasing. Town of Gibbons and Redwater assisting. Fire size increasing. Roadblocks established Roadblocks established

14 Events-May 30th 4 skidders on site, 150 firefighters, 2 mini-pumpers, 4 tankers, 8 pumpers 1 private chopper from B.C. hired, 4 dozers on site, quads. (identified in MEP) 4 skidders on site, 150 firefighters, 2 mini-pumpers, 4 tankers, 8 pumpers 1 private chopper from B.C. hired, 4 dozers on site, quads. (identified in MEP) 2 more homes lost to fire this day. 2 more homes lost to fire this day. Lac La Biche Forestry unable to supply firefighters or air support at this time. (identified in MEP) Lac La Biche Forestry unable to supply firefighters or air support at this time. (identified in MEP) Contact made with Parks Canada ( part of Federal/Provincial protocol) Contact made with Parks Canada ( part of Federal/Provincial protocol) Elk Island National Park-2 water trucks and specialized wildland fire staff have been dispatched. Elk Island National Park-2 water trucks and specialized wildland fire staff have been dispatched.

15 Local Resources “Stretched” County volunteer firefighters are tiring out. County volunteer firefighters are tiring out. Many fires occurring throughout county. As many as 7 other fires happening at same time. All neighboring fire departments are overwhelmed with fire calls. Many fires occurring throughout county. As many as 7 other fires happening at same time. All neighboring fire departments are overwhelmed with fire calls. Multiple agencies involved in helping. Over 200 external personnel on site during the busiest times. Multiple agencies involved in helping. Over 200 external personnel on site during the busiest times. Local industries-Agrium, Williams, and Degussa offered assistance in form of equipment & staff. (Identified in MEP) Local industries-Agrium, Williams, and Degussa offered assistance in form of equipment & staff. (Identified in MEP) Salvation Army Mobile kitchen on site. Salvation Army Mobile kitchen on site.

16 Local Resources were Overwhelmed

17 Positive Results Using External Personnel Incident Command System Controlled the Chaos Incident Command System Controlled the Chaos Parks Canada staff provided valuable expertise as Sector Commanders, Operations & Logistics Commanders. Parks Canada staff provided valuable expertise as Sector Commanders, Operations & Logistics Commanders. First 6 hours of the fire, the command post received over 400 telephone calls, and over 1000 radio transmissions, plus face- to-face discussions with every agency that arrived to assist. First 6 hours of the fire, the command post received over 400 telephone calls, and over 1000 radio transmissions, plus face- to-face discussions with every agency that arrived to assist. Resources overwhelmed as other emergencies continued to occur: for example, during one 2-hour period, we responded to 2 wildland fires, 2 injury accidents, plus 1 structure fire in other parts of the County. Resources overwhelmed as other emergencies continued to occur: for example, during one 2-hour period, we responded to 2 wildland fires, 2 injury accidents, plus 1 structure fire in other parts of the County. All external personnel under supervision at all times All external personnel under supervision at all times

18 Using External Personnel SUPERVISE all external personnel, whether they are digging out fire, hauling water, working in rehab, staffing security points, making meals. SUPERVISE all external personnel, whether they are digging out fire, hauling water, working in rehab, staffing security points, making meals. Only hire pre-approved external personnel, use pre-authorized rate schedules, sign off all daily logs. Only hire pre-approved external personnel, use pre-authorized rate schedules, sign off all daily logs. Utilize experienced staff to supervise sectors. Utilize experienced staff to supervise sectors. Armed forces personnel from the Edmonton Garrison, and Dept. of National Defence were supervised by a District Fire Chief. Armed forces personnel from the Edmonton Garrison, and Dept. of National Defence were supervised by a District Fire Chief. The Salvation Army supervised the Rehab Sector. The Salvation Army supervised the Rehab Sector. Road Block/checkpoints supervised by County Peace Officers. Road Block/checkpoints supervised by County Peace Officers. An on-site Financial Officer must sign off all daily logs. An on-site Financial Officer must sign off all daily logs. Daily cost accounting is essential, Record everything! Daily cost accounting is essential, Record everything! Keep accurate time slips, records of all purchases, clerk on site. Keep accurate time slips, records of all purchases, clerk on site.

19 Risk Management of External Personnel/Resources Radios, telephones, fire kits for extra firefighters, wildland fast attack units.(identified in MEP) Provide on-site training, PPE. Radios, telephones, fire kits for extra firefighters, wildland fast attack units.(identified in MEP) Provide on-site training, PPE. Know -Not all dozer operators & private contractors follow orders-Identify the trained operators and prevent the use of those poor contractors in future callouts.(identified in MEP) Know -Not all dozer operators & private contractors follow orders-Identify the trained operators and prevent the use of those poor contractors in future callouts.(identified in MEP) Some agencies are very aggressive and try to “help”.-ex. A local search and rescue agency tried numerous times (tied up 9-1-1) to get permission to come on the fire scene at the Sturgeon County 2002 fire disaster. Some agencies are very aggressive and try to “help”.-ex. A local search and rescue agency tried numerous times (tied up 9-1-1) to get permission to come on the fire scene at the Sturgeon County 2002 fire disaster.

20 Examples Utilizing External Personnel Reception Centre Reception Centre Security Posts Security Posts Staging incoming emergency vehicles Staging incoming emergency vehicles Rehabilitation Rehabilitation First Aid/Triage First Aid/Triage Food Services Food Services Maintaining Inventories Maintaining Inventories

21 External Resources Pre-Identified

22 All personnel Must be Pre- Authorized Daily Log Daily Log

23 Fees and Charges Use the Guide Use the Guide

24 INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM Multiple Agencies Involved: Municipal: Sturgeon County, Thorhild County, Strathcona County, Towns of Bon Accord, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville, Redwater, Radway, Bruderhiem, City of Edmonton, City of Ft. Saskatchewan; Provincial:-2 MLA’s, Disaster Services, SRD, Alberta Forestry LLB; Federal: Parks Canada, BC Forestry, National Defence G8 Team, Edmonton Garrison soldiers, RCMP, Salvation Army; Industries:Agrium, Williams Energy, Degussa; Contractors & others: dozers, skidders, fixed wing & choppers, water haulers, Hildebrants, Nodwells, caterers, portable toilets, wash stations, security personnel, media personnel, water tank suppliers, fire equipment servicing, fire equipment suppliers

25 Challenges to Encounter: Constant pressure to release air support & demobilize due to cost to municipality. Constant pressure from municipality to release staff-road building, clerks, summer programs. Maintaining sustained responses from volunteer fire departments Some Media will attempt to sneak in as citizen volunteers. Be carefull when contracting local citizens as equipment operators. Clearing fire breaks is a skill.

26 Remains of Modular Home

27 Farm Fuel Drums-some exploded

28 Don’t Place Personnel at Risk

29 Positive Results are Pre- planned Planning in evacuation of residents saved lives. Planning in evacuation of residents saved lives. Incident Command System saved property & lives Incident Command System saved property & lives MEP listed who was responsible for site security & road closures MEP listed who was responsible for site security & road closures Extra ordinary resources should be preplanned. Extra ordinary resources should be preplanned. Previous disaster training exercises, lessons learned from 2001 fires, current Municipal Emergency Plan Previous disaster training exercises, lessons learned from 2001 fires, current Municipal Emergency Plan Inter-municipal cooperation, business community cooperation & aid need to be developed prior to a disaster. Inter-municipal cooperation, business community cooperation & aid need to be developed prior to a disaster. Risk Management limits Liability. (a 2001 litigation against the County ended in the County’s favour after seven years in Discovery) Risk Management limits Liability. (a 2001 litigation against the County ended in the County’s favour after seven years in Discovery)

30 Liability Stats NO LIVES WERE LOST! Only 4 very minor injuries were sustained during the entire fire. (one minor cut to a hand, one twisted ankle, one minor burn to hand, & one sore back) 78 PROPERTIES WERE SAVED -estimate value of $50 million. (private residences, farms) Fire destroyed 4 homes-1 “stick built”, 3 modular. Homeowners losses estimated at $1.5 million. The 2002 Sturgeon County municipal fire costs exceeded $1,089, The County recovered 90% due to pre-approved rate structure and resource listing in MEP.

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