ACRO/Emergency

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[edit] Notification

ACRO can only be activated by a recognized tasking agency (RCMP, local police, national park warden, local emergency management agency)

    TASKING AGENCIES can activate ACRO via the STARS Emergency Link Center (403) 299-2491 24 hrs / 7 days per week
      

Alberta has province wide 911 coverage including in the national parks.

If calling 911, ask for the police or park safety specialist (if in national or provincial park) and inform them you have need for cave rescue. They can notify ACRO via the information at the top of this page.

    The PUBLIC can request cave rescue services by calling 911 and asking for a cave rescue

[edit] Initial Response Process

1. Concerned member of the public or caver contacts public safety agency. Go to Step 6.


OR

1. Concerned member of the public or caver contacts a ACRO/BCCR member or coordinator.

2. ACRO member or coordinator obtains name, contact info, cave, number in party, last known contact, what the caller thinks happened and then directs the reporting party to call 911 and request a cave rescue.

3. ACRO member contacts regional coordinator and briefs them of situation.

4. ACRO Regional Coordinator contacts local RCMP detachment and briefs them of the situation and that the reporting party was directed to call 911.

5. Conduct urgency / situation analysis. Proceed to Level "A" or "B" response as appropriate.


6. Public safety agency having jurisdiction contacts ACRO/BCCR via STARS Emergency Link Center 403-299-2491;

7. Once contact established with ACRO/BCCR representative, STARS Emergency Link Centre will conference others as needed.

8. Conduct urgency / situation analysis. Proceed to Level "A" or "B" response as appropriate.


A. Major / Life-Threatening Situation

A9 - ACRO/BCCR recommends that RCMP initiate a full scale rescue response under the 1992 BCCR/PEP/RCMP/BCAS Memorandum of Understanding, mobilizing support as appropriate. If cave is in British Columbia, RCMP contacts PEP ECC to obtain Task Number for operation. If cave is in Alberta, RCMP contacts AEMA Provincial Operations Centre to obtain Task Number for operation.

A10 - ACRO/BCCR may intially designate members to perform the following functions:

  • Person 1 - Search / cave rescue manager / safety / liaison (someone with laptop and cell phone, reports to rescue base)
  • Person 2 - Initial response team (IRT) leader / entrance control (assembles team with local cavers and resources, travels to cave and subject, reports back)(someone who is familiar with the cave and local cavers, efficient caver, good leader)
  • Person 3 - Incident action plan / documentation (someone with good access to computers / internet / communications devices / printers, knowledgeable about wiki and google docs)
  • Person 4 - Resources status (call-out)(someone who is familiar with the OneCallNow system, has access to multiple communications devices including cell phone with SMS, landlines, computers/internet)
  • Person 5 - Liaison / information (someone who can convey information clearly, consisely and tactfully)
  • Person 6 - Logistics / facilities / supplies (understands the resources available and how to obtain them, someone who has access to the equipment and can physically prepare it for deployment)

A11 - ACRO/BCCR undertakes a callout. Additional resources from British Columbia or National Cave Rescue Commission (US) may be requested by tasking agency through AEMA or EMBC

A12 - Cave rescue proceeds under RCMP authority with AEMA / PEP liaison, above ground support and Task Number with incident management structure expanding and collapsing as needed.


B - Less Serious (e.g. overdue party)

B9 - ACRO / BCCR recommends that RCMP task an initial response team under the 1992 BCCR/PEP/RCMP/BCAS Memorandum of Understanding, mobilizing support as appropriate. If cave is in British Columbia, RCMP contacts PEP ECC to obtain Task Number for operation. If cave is in Alberta, RCMP contacts AEMA Provincial Operations Centre to obtain Task Number for operation.

B10 - ACRO/BCCR may intially designate members to perform the following functions:

  • Person 1 - Search / cave rescue management / safety / liaison / fin-admin
  • Person 2 - Initial response team leader / logistics
  • Person 3 - Documentation / resources status

B11 - ACRO/BCCR notifies its members of the tasking and requests that they standby in case the incident escalates.

B12 - ACRO/BCCR reports back to RCMP and AEMA POC / PEP ECC with

  • internal resolution and incident closed, or
  • proceed to Step A9

[edit] Useful Numbers

The following numbers may be useful for tasking agencies or search managers if coordination and additional resources are needed:

  • ACRO (call the STARS Emergency Link Centre at (403) 299-2491
  • Banff National Park Warden Services 24/7 (403) 762-4506 (EMERGENCY ONLY) or 1-888-WARDENS (1-888-927-3367) Toll-free. Both numbers are 24 hrs / 7 days a week.
  • Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Provincial Operations Centre (POC) at 1-866-618-2362 24 hrs / 7 days per week
  • BC Provincial Emergency Program (BC PEP) at 1-800-663-3456 24 hrs / 7 days per week


Last updated on Sept 10, 2011 by Cindy Heselton

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