The Canadian Emergency Response Contractors’ Alliance (CERCA) has been working since 1997 to ensure HazMat responders are equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to be the most effective in the business.
To provide and promote a sound dangerous goods emergency response contractor network across Canada, CERCA uses the TEAP® III Transportation Emergency Response Service Provider Standard for its providers. After an emergency response provider conducts an initial self-assessment based on its claims of capability, CERCA sends experienced representatives trained in either chemical manufacturing or transportation emergency response to verify the provider’s documentation and equipment.
“New or existing clients of CERCA members can be confident in the verified emergency response capabilities that speak to their soundness as environmental emergency response providers,” said Kevin McEown, spokesperson for CERCA.
To ensure the highest industry standards are met, the emergency response provider must have a minimum of two Team Leaders who are up-to-date on all aspects of the CERCA Training Matrix. A minimum of two response team members (excluding Team Leaders) must be current on all training requirements.
Beyond safety, CERCA provides a strong, unified voice on major issues affecting the emergency response industry. This enables the best representation for emergency response service providers across Canada.
CERCA identifies seven contractor regions throughout Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan/Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.