19
Aug
2014
Oil & Gas Emergencies. Why have a Mutual Aid Agreement?

Oil & Gas Emergencies. Why have a Mutual Aid Agreement?

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.

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15
Aug
2014
Mine Rescue Chambers: Equipment that Can't Fail!

Mine Rescue Chambers: Equipment that Can't Fail!

In an underground mine, evacuation isn't always an option. It’s not always that simple. Miners often work hundreds of feet underground, which can make exiting the area in the event of a fire or emergency a complicated process.

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12
Aug
2014
Salvage Masters: What is their role in Emergency Response?

Salvage Masters: What is their role in Emergency Response?

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.

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08
Aug
2014
Private Emergency Response. Who’s Qualified?

Private Emergency Response. Who’s Qualified?

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.

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05
Aug
2014
What are the Emergency Responder Criteria under OPA-90?

What are the Emergency Responder Criteria under OPA-90?

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.

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30
Jul
2014
Oil Spill Response Equipment Stockpiles. What are the Biggest Difficulties?

Oil Spill Response Equipment Stockpiles. What are the Biggest Difficulties?

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.

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18
Jul
2014
Looking Ahead to the New [D4H] API

Looking Ahead to the New [D4H] API

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.

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15
Jul
2014
Canadian Mine Rescue Associations and Competitions

Canadian Mine Rescue Associations and Competitions

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.

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09
Jul
2014
[D4H] Adds Esri GIS MapSAR Integration

[D4H] Adds Esri GIS MapSAR Integration

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.

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08
Jul
2014
5 Reasons Mine Rescue Teams Benefit from Competitions

5 Reasons Mine Rescue Teams Benefit from Competitions

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.

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