Do you love to work on the water?
Would you like to learn how to protect a shoreline from oil?
Want to help search for and do initial care of oiled birds?
Would you like to do support or help with logistics at an oil spill?
Come learn the basics of oil spill response at an Islands’ Oil Spill Association training session!
Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which we were recommended for by NOAA, IOSA has an ambitious list of trainings coming up between now and October of 2019.
Here is the schedule for 2018.
June 2nd, Saturday, Search & Rescue of Oiled Birds on Lopez
In this class, we will teach you how to search for and rescue oiled birds, provide initial care, practice handling live ducks, and learn of safety concerns. We will also spend some time on the beach practicing how to do search and capture of oiled birds.
June 9th, Saturday Oil Containment / Geographic Response Plan (GRP) Drill at Nelson Bay, Henry Island
This containment drill and boom deployment will take place on the west side of San Juan Island. The structure of the drill will include initial training/review of different techniques, assignment to boats and specific tasks, use of the incident command system, a safety briefing, and use of an oil spill scenario. This geographic response plan strategy is SJI-23-HEN and you can find it at the Ecology website, click on San Juan Islands/North Puget Sound and go to page 4-39 http://www.oilspills101.wa.gov/northwest-area-contingency-plan/geographic-response-plans-grps/list-of-geographic-response-plans/ . If you have a boat you would like to use at this drill or at any other oil containment drill, please let us know.
September 8th, Saturday Oil Containment / Geographic Response Plan Drill on the West Side of San Juan Island
This drill will be similar to the above drill at Nelson Bay, but will be at a different place on the west side of San Juan. There are a number of Geographic Response Plan (GRP) strategies in the area that you can check out at the above link. See map on page 4-18 of the GRP’s.
September 21st, FRIDAY Geographic Response Plan Drill at Prevost Harbor on Stuart Island with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC)
This is a special drill that will be done in coordination with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, as we may end up working with them on a spill on the west or north side of San Juan County in the future. The strategy for this drill will be SJI-11-STU (see page 4-38 of the GRP’s, see above link). Also note that this drill will be on a FRIDAY, not our usual Saturday.
October 13th, Saturday Search & Rescue of Oiled Wildlife on Orcas.
This class will be held on Orcas Island. Look at above description of the training on June 2nd for more information.
November 3rd, Saturday Hazwoper Safety Training on Lopez Island.
This will be a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training. This training is necessary for anyone wishing to respond to an oil spill where you may be near oil (for wildlife and containment response). We are updating this class and it will include an oil spill scenario.
November 10th, Saturday Air Monitoring / Site Safety Training
In this class you will learn how to do air monitoring at an oil spill for substances such as Hydrogen Sulfide and Benzene. There will also be instruction in site safety. You will need to be able to be contacted quickly in the event of an oil spill, because air monitoring must be done before we can work on the scene. This training is focused on people who live part or full-time in the San Juan Islands.
Spring of 2019, Deterring Orca from Entering Areas of Spilled Oil.
This exercise will expand on the Deterrence Exercise held in May of 2018. We will incorporate lessons learned in the last exercise, and train new people in this hazing technique of using the oikomi pipes. In the event of a large oil spill many of our regular responders will be working doing other tasks, so we need people who would just focus on deterring Orca from areas of oil. If you are interested in protecting the Orca and have your own boat, please come join us next year. You can sign up below and we will inform you of the date around the end of the year.
Providing Support for an Oil Spill Response.
One of the areas of an oil spill that is very important is support and logistics. In a larger oil spill help is needed in many of the following areas:
- Transporting responders, equipment and oiled birds by car or boat.
- Providing support at the Command Center, Staging Area, or Oiled Bird Initial Care Center. This can be everything from signing people or equipment/supplies in and out, preparing snacks, lunches, beverages, being on call for first aid, filling out forms, calling responders to work the next day . . . The list goes on and on.
- Logistics: What equipment is needed where? How do we get it there? Where do we order it from?
While we don’t have any trainings set up in this area at this time, we would like to get a list of people who are interested in support functions and have a meeting sometime in the near future. Please sign up below if you are interested in helping in a support function at an oil spill.
For more information on any of IOSA’s trainings, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preregistration is required for all of IOSA’s trainings and drills.
**If you are interested in helping to protect the environment and animals of the Salish Sea, please sign up below.**