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Emergency Exercise Needs Volunteers

    News & Events    October 10, 2017

Volunteer to be a part of a rescue exercise on Wednesday, October 25, 2017! “Exercise Salish Sea.” This exercise will have the BC Ferries Coastal Renaissance simulate a car deck fire on board and anchor the boat in Trincomali Channel.

To make Exercise Salish Sea as real as possible, we’re asking for the public’s help. This is an unique opportunity to see how emergency response for BC Ferries and the Canadian Coast Guard works and to try out some of your acting skills!

As part of the exercise, the passengers on the boat will be military personnel volunteers who will be required evacuate the ship. As a volunteer passenger, they will be rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard and taken to Fernwood Dock.

Salt Spring Island volunteers will be located on the shoreline of Salt Spring Island and will simulate coming off a rescue boat. Individuals will either need medical attention or evacuation.

  • Medical patients will receive a medical makeover by makeup artists and given a patient-care script to following during the course of their treatment.
  • The evacuees will be travellers who are evacuated from the ship. These passengers may be classified as having “trauma” or “frustrated.” They will be taken care of by Emergency Support Services support teams and transported to a warming centre.

Your participation will help create a great opportunity for Salt Spring Island’s very own Emergency Responders to participate in both medical and evacuee care.

As a volunteer, you will be required from 0800 to 1700 hours. You will be kept warm and fed. If you want to volunteer for those hours, please contact:
Salt Spring Island Emergency Support Services at  ssiessd@crd.bc.ca or 250-537-1220

Partners in the Salish Sea Exercise include

  • Emergency Management BC
  • SSI BC Ambulance
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • SSI Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
  • Maritime Forces Pacific
  • SSI Ground Search and Rescue
  • BC Emergency Health Services
  • SSI Fire/Rescue
  • Public Safety Canada
  • SSI Emergency Support Services
  • BC Ferries
  • SSI Emergency Operations Centre

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