COQUITLAM, BC, March 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) and Canadian Pacific (CP) conducted a rail emergency exercise today as part of ongoing ERAC responder training in the event of an incident involving railcars or trucks carrying flammable liquids or gas.
ERAC Response Teams and Remedial Measures Advisors from across British Columbia participated in this full-scale hands-on exercise involving two flammable liquid transfers and one LPG transfer from railcar to railcar, and one LPG transfer from railcar to truck.
"Despite being extremely rare, rail incidents involving flammable liquids and gases can happen at any time and any place. If they do, Emergency Response Assistance Canada is capable of responding with highly-trained and experienced responders," said Spencer Buckland, ERAC President. "Activities like today's controlled transfer exercises provide our responders with critical experience to ensure they are ready to act if an incident occurs."
This training event was the largest that ERAC has conducted to date. Emergency Response Assistance Canada and CP also welcomed plan participant members as well as representatives from Transport Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment to observe the training.
"CP is proud to have facilitated another successful large scale live transfer exercise to showcase the capabilities of our emergency response employees and contractors to government representatives, fire departments and local officials," said Glen Wilson, Assistant Vice-President Environmental Risk and ERAC board member. "By practicing these important skills we can be sure that they will be ready to safely and effectively respond to incidents involving dangerous goods and at the same time assure communities they can trust CP has the right resources in place to respond in the unlikely event an incident involving a release occurs."
About Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC):
Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) is a not-for-profit emergency preparedness and response organization. Experts in designing emergency response assistance plans (ERAPs), ERAC is instrumental in assisting hundreds of oil and gas and transportation organizations. From coast to coast ERAC provides highly trained and skilled responders, equipment and industry best practices for road or rail incidents involving flammable gases and liquids. ERAC is a subsidiary of the Canadian Propane Association (CPA).
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
SOURCE Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC)
For further information: Media contacts: Carla Kautz, Marketing and Communications Advisor, ERAC, 403-998-1265; Salem Woodrow, Media Relations, CP, 403-835-9005; 24/7 media email: Alert_MediaRelations@cpr.ca