The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC). The agreement promotes collaboration across various programs related to emergency preparedness and response.
“Firefighters, paramedics and other first responders play a crucial role in the event of a pipeline incident,” says CEPA President and CEO Chris Bloomer. “The MOU allows us to strengthen our relationship with CAFC, while also ensuring our member companies are engaged in understanding and responding to the information and training needs of firefighters.”
In January of 2016, CEPA launched a first-responder awareness program aimed at training, awareness, and communication to protect first responders and the communities they serve. CEPA held safety presentations in municipalities across Canada, introducing firefighters and other officials to what the association does, go over current systems that are in place for emergency response, and ensure there is a consistent approach in the event of a rupture, explosion or other incident.
Throughout 2016, CEPA will work to advance the program to include tools such as online content and face-to-face training sessions that CEPA member companies can use to enhance their first-responder outreach efforts.
“To properly address any major incidents, firefighters must be trained and knowledgeable on the equipment and systems they are encountering to aid in a successful response,” said Chief Paul Boissonneault, President of the CAFC. “This partnership with CEPA is an important part of training for our firefighters, fire chiefs and other first responders – especially those near major pipeline infrastructure.”
CAFC will also have a seat on CEPA’s External Advisory Panel (EPA) to assist in developing an understanding of the views and needs of emergency responders, the public or other external stakeholders potentially impacted by CEPA’s operations.
CEPA represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate about 134,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and the United States. In 2015, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.
Founded in 1909, the CAFC represents fire service leaders from across Canada promoting the highest standard of public safety in an ever changing and increasingly complex world. CAFC meets the emerging challenges and threats to the Canadian public through national leadership, advocacy and active collaboration with all stakeholders interested in public safety.
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