On November 28 & 29, 2019 a workshop called EOC Essentials (Emergency Operations Centre Essentials) was held at All Saints by the Sea. The workshop was sponsored in a large part by the Salt Spring Island Foundation - covering the cost of the course, books and instructor fees. Without their support we would not have been able to host this course on the island for this many people. Other agencies (SSI Fire Rescue, SSI Search and Rescue and the Emergency program) contributed additional funding for the venue and food.
This workshop brought people together from many different agencies on the island to discuss the operations of our Emergency Centre in the event of an emergency. The instructor was Sybille Sanderson, the recently retired Cowichan Valley Regional District, Emergency Program Coordinator. She brought lots of personal experience to the course including coordinating the Cowichan Valley Regional EOC during the windstorm last December.
- SSI Fire Rescue (7)
- Ground Search and Rescue (7)
- BC Ambulance Service (1)
- Salt Spring Amateur Radio Society (1)
- SSI Emergency Program volunteers (4)
This JIBC (Justice Institute of BC) course is a pre-requisite to other courses within the Emergency Program training and the JIBC Emergency Management Certificate and so now 20 people have the foundation course for further training.
It was a great opportunity to work with others and collaborate on learning, experiences and backgrounds and get to know others, while learning about how the Emergency Operations Centre can support First Responders and others in an emergency event.