Emergency and Protective Services
Building on a strong track record of ‘Safety First,’ Bruce Power has formed an integrated emergency response organization, bringing all of its emergency response capabilities under a single command structure.
The organization saw Bruce Power’s Security team join forces with the Fire and Emergency Services teams to form Bruce Power Emergency and Protective Services. About 10% of Bruce Power’s workforce lies within this organization.
While Bruce Power’s focus continues to be on delivering safe and reliable electricity, the company has strived to be an industry leader in safety and emergency preparedness; over the years, developing industry-leading emergency response capabilities.
Combining these highly effective organizations that are well rated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission improves our depth when responding to any situation. This type of organization is considered a best practice and aligns with provincial and federal agencies who adopted the integrated emergency response model.
In the wake of the tsunami and nuclear incident at the nuclear facility in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011, Bruce Power added a number of enhancements to our site to both comply with new regulatory requirements, and to ensure that we continue becoming safer and stronger.
Some of these enhancements include:
• Five new fire trucks that will pump cold water into our fuelling system in the unlikely case our depth of safety systems no longer work. Two will be on-site and three will be stored off-site in a safe and dry area.
• Nine new back-up generators, stored off-site in a safe and dry area.
• **Dedicated emergency response team of about 400 highly trained people who have proven to be world leaders in safety and emergency preparedness. The team, called the Emergency and Protective Services division, is comprised of our award-winning security and emergency response teams, as well as fire and paramedic responders.
• A new, state-of-the-art Emergency Management Centre (EMC) at the Visitors’ Centre will allow us to communicate externally and monitor on-site activities.
• Point-to-point radio communications that work independent of the installed systems, as a fail-safe communication system.
• **A state-of-the-art fire training facility, which provides staff with real-life situations in a scaled version of our stations.
• Testing and developing a system for FM broadcast alerts.
• ** Secured the first emergency AM broadcast test licence in Canada to broadcast on an emergency frequency that can be accessed on a simple battery-operated radio. The transmission can last for 12 days and is capable of recharging with its solar panels.
• ** Exploring an All-Channel Alert system that will broadcast directly onto the TVs of community members. This is similar to an Amber Alert.
** Unique to Bruce Power and industry best practice
For more detailed information of our site enhancements, read the downloadable publication, ‘Bruce Power: Making our Site Safer and Stronger.’