Target Hazard IQ: Fixed Site Hazardous Materials Storage Responder Information

Funded by Defence Research and Development Canada, a collaborative partnership is underway between New Brunswick Office of the Fire Marshal (NBOFM), CyberNB, Emergency Solutions International (ESI; as Project Manager), with guidance from stakeholders including: Transport Canada, CANUTEC, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC), the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), and the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs(NBAFC).

Target Hazard IQ will address a significant data gap for the transportation sector, in the existing technologies used for locating and characterizing hazardous materials for fixed site storage, rail interface, responders and industry.

The New Brunswick “Target Hazard IQ: Fixed Site Hazardous Materials Storage Responder Information Project” aims to revolutionize emergency response to incidents involving dangerous goods (DG) involving rail interface and fixed-site storage. The situational awareness around fixed-site storage allowing first responders to safely respond and mitigate incidents involving DGs is imperative to prevent first responders putting themselves at considerable risk when responding to an incident scene.

The overall objective of the Target Hazard IQ Project is the development and hosting of an electronic application allowing a wireless transmission of fixed-site manifests and fixed-site planning documents to first responders in the event of an emergency as well as planning and training activities. Users will be able to click icons for fixed facilities and see:

  • A full manifest of the fixed site storage and Rail interface manifests
  • Maximum quantities stored throughout the year
  • Building maps and schematics
  • Plume analysis
  • Response Planning Documents filed by the facility (E2 or Provincial).

About the author:

Mark leads the ESI team in conducting risk assessments, training, program, and plan review, exercise scenario development, exercise facilitation, and evaluation as well as compiling final After Action Review documentation and recommendations. Under Mark’s leadership, there have been six (6) Federal research and development projects conceived and executed by the ESI team. Service has been provided for various critical infrastructures, such as Port Saint John, Point Lepreau Generating Station, Canaport Liquefied Natural Gas, Saint John Energy, as well as corporations like Atlantic Potash, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and the Mosaic Company.