Emergency Response Team (ERT)
The Emergency Response Team consists of 12 members representing the Emergency Response Groups on Campus including;
- Campus Community Police Service
- Fire Safety and Emergency Management
- Physical Plant - Operations and Maintenance
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Communications and Public Affairs
- Information Technology Services
These designated people, as outlined in the Disaster Plan, have undergone specific training as well as draw on their own professional experience to mitigate any major emergency on campus. The ERT is on scene at all emergencies coordinating and liaising with Western community partners and outside agencies to ensure that all emergencies are resolved efficiently and effectively
The ERT reponds to all major emergencies on campus such as; fires, floods or major mechanical failures. This group of specialists are on call 24 hours/day and are notified by the Campus Police Communications Centre to attend at the scene of major campus emergencies.
For more information on the Emergency Response Team please see the Disaster Plan.
Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG)
The Emergency Operations Control Group is composed of 9 Senior Administrative Leaders whose roles are to coordinate all essential resources and support the ERT to effectively mitigate the emergency.
Upon the activation of the EOCG, members attend one of our emergency operations centres (EOC) that is equipped with multi-media and resource materials that provides recovery support.
The EOCG is requested and called out at the request of the ERT Incident Commander.
Hazardous Materials and Confined Space Rescue Team
Is composed of a group of individuals with specialized training in the mitigation of Hazardous Materials incidents as well as rescue operations.
All members have been trained to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472-Technician Level as well as have significant experince in some other related fields such as HVAC systems, Biological Emergencies, Chemical Engineering, etc.
The team has a close working relationship with the London Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team in support of compatible and consistent skills and equipment to assist in joint operations.
These same members have also received significant training in Technical Rescue and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Confined Space Training. The team is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and responds to all technical rescues on campus.
Building Emergency Teams
Included in Western's large number of volunteers are nearly 500 Building Emergency Team Members (BET). These volunteers are equipped with a highly recognizable BET vest and the training and knowledge to assist with building emergencies. They have a primary function of evacuation during fire alarm testing and are well practiced to provide support in the safety of students, faculty and staff within their facility.