Oil. That three letter word invites a flood of ethical and environmental debates. Behind all these conversations, the oil industry is working in the background to ensure the safety of its facilities, workers and the planet. Mutual aid is an agreement among emergency services to lend assistance across organizations.
The job description for the role of a Salvage Master will often contain the phrase "Immune to Stress". It is a difficult position undertaken in arduous sea conditions. This is enhanced by the fact that today the protection of the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often considered high priority.
There is a growing trend in businesses being the first responders to their own incidents, the aim is to ensure a quick return to a business as usual environment. Be it by establishing an internal response team or hiring in emergency response contractors.
An important outcome in the enactment of the Oil Spill Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90) was the requirement for vessels entering the US waters to have a listed Emergency Responder. OPA -90 was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the Exxon Valdez Incident.
Companies involved in oil exploration see some of the toughest operating conditions imaginable. These dangerous environments require that you have plans in place should the worst happen. Many organizations worldwide rely on strategically-place equipment stockpiles to ensure they’re ready to respond anywhere at anytime.
We've mentioned in previous blog posts that we've been working on a new API for the [D4H] Decisions platform. We'll very soon be releasing a public beta for those interested in developing on it. We've listened to what potential developers want it to include, so we just want to give you a quick intro as to what you can expect from it.
Mine rescue is the specialized job of rescuing miners and others who have become trapped or injured on the site of a mine. Team members do not seek honour or prestige but strive for perfection in technique and precision of execution as they face the tasks presented before them. To spread the knowledge of the good work these teams do daily we’ve comprised a list of Associations and Competitions in Canada.
Maps are at the core of any Search and Rescue (SAR) operation. Geographic information system (GIS) software allows rescue personnel to quickly generate maps that depict specific aspects of the operation and show what is happening on the ground over time. D4H Technologies have released yet another integration with Esri to allow for quick MapSAR member management.
The exploration of the earths natural resources is a dangerous undertaking. Mining laws in developed countries require trained and equipped mine rescue personnel to be available on mine sites. Mine rescue competitions provide an invaluable opportunity for these teams to test their skills against industry standards.