At Bruce Power, emergency preparedness is integral to our entire operations.
How does Bruce Power prepare for potential emergencies?
As part of our Operating License, Bruce Power maintains a robust and multi-faceted emergency response program.
This includes an award-winning security service, a fully equipped fire department and an ambulance service, which are all part of our Emergency Protective Services division, which is capable of round-the-clock response. We have seven fire pump trucks that can provide an external source of water to station fire water systems which, in turn, are used as an emergency cooling water source for critical systems.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, we also have an Air/Light truck that can remotely provide self-contained breathing apparatus for site staff.
Regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
The effectiveness of our emergency response program is continuously assessed through a series of drills and exercises. Every year, we run at least 41 drills and one major exercise that are evaluated by our regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, which has consistently rated our capabilities as fully satisfactory.
Every five years, we also participate in a Provincial Nuclear Emergency Drill that is led by Emergency Measures Ontario (EMO) and tests not only our own emergency plans, but the Municipal Emergency Plan as well.
In October 2012, Bruce Power was one of many participants in an EMO exercise called Huron Challenge – Trillium Resolve. Many members of our staff worked tirelessly in preparation for this exercise, which gave us the tools to be better prepared for any external hazards that Bruce Power may face in the future.
During Huron Challenge, we had a film crew following many of the events in which Bruce Power was involved, both on- and off-site and at the new state-of-the-art Emergency Management Centre, located at the Visitors’ Centre.
We invite you to watch the short documentary also available on Bruce Power’s Youtube channel to learn more about Bruce Power’s industry-leading emergency preparedness.
Community Emergency Management
The Community Emergency Management Coordinator for Kincardine maintains a call-down list for all households (approximately 35-40) within a three kilometre radius of the site perimeter in case action, such as sheltering or evacuation, is necessary.
Detailed Emergency Plan
A detailed Emergency Plan, including designated emergency evacuation routes and zones, and designated media, is included in the Bruce County telephone book.