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Event Background
On February 18, 2017 the sight glass on
the refrigeration plants chiller was damaged and presented a situation that could
have resulted in an unplanned release of
all ammonia in the plant. Facility staff,
working in partnership with the contracted
refrigeration company, advised community leaders of the pending situation that
prompted the following media release.
"Due to problems with the refrigeration plant at the Terrace Bay
Community Centre, it will be necessary to depressurize the Ammonia
System. No leak has occurred and no
ammonia has been released. A state
of emergency has been declared for
precautionary reasons and to allow for
adequate resources to be dispatched to
safely assist us with this problem. The
Municipality has been in constant contact with the Ministry of Environment
and other agencies to safely rectify
the situation. At this time, no evacuation is deemed necessary though some
businesses on Simcoe Plaza will be
asked to vacate later today as a precautionary measure, while the situation is dealt with. However, should
the situation change, proper notification will be communicated through
appropriate media channels. Please
stay tuned to local radio for the most
up to date information. Please contact
the following Municipal number for
further information. We apologize for
any inconvenience this may cause.
Sincerely, The Corporation of the
Township of Terrace Bay."
Even though there was no immediate
emergency, the community emergency

management team declared a state
of emergency as assurance to public
safety - very much a correct approach.
This allowed the team to contact all
applicable emergency services and
governing agencies for their awareness, direction and support. Once they
deemed that the situation was under
control, the situation was reduced to
a "precautionary state of emergency"
as the necessary repairs were made.
Community leaders kept a timeline of
events that would be used for reporting
purposes. These efforts formulate a positive confirmation of preparedness that
can be used by others to review current
facility emergency plans.

Plan Your Work -
Work Your Plan
A plan was developed to deal with the
repairs while creating a response on how
best to prepare for a worst-case scenario.
The following outlines the actions taken
by all parties to this event:
February 17, 2017
11:00 - Emergency Declared.
11:15 - Working on revised plan for dealing with ammonia.
11:35 - TBFD Chief speaking with
Thunder Bay Fire Chief.
11:48 - Called the community of
Schreiber, updated and warned about
possible evacuation plan.
11:57 - MOE lets us know that Thunder
Bay Fire Rescue/Haz Mat are waiting for
call from the PEOC.
12:15 - All MECG members have been
notified.
12:20 - TBFD Chief informs MECG that
Thunder Bay Fire/Rescue is on its way

with resources (Haz Mat). TBFR/MOE/
CANUTECH initial opinion is that venting atmosphere is not ideal, using water
is preferred.
12:50 - Updated the group on MOE
opinion (using Water) - Refrigeration
Contractor - needs 4,000 gallons of water
to dissipate 400 lbs. of ammonia.
13:00 - Contacted schools to update on
the situation.
13:30 - Using water process decision is
confirmed.
14:00 - Called CANUTECH to discuss
using water.
15:00 - Issued Press Release & posted
to Facebook. Called to update schools.
15:20 - Thunder Bay Fire Rescue arrives
on scene.
15:20 to 16:00 - Incident Action Plan
being devised around using water
process.
17:10 - Simcoe Plaza to be cleared by
18:00, still waiting on Tanker Truck.
17:30 - Moved EOC to Library.
19:40 - GFL on scene with Tanker and
Level A, HazMat Gear, working with
TBFD, TBFR and the refrigeration
contractor to coordinate transfer of
ammonia.
20:30 - 10-minute warning given. GFL
has radio will communicate directly with
Fire Chief.
20:45 - OPP reports over radio that
Highway 17 is closed.
20:50 - Fire Chief gives the go code.
21:40 - Valve open, moving product.
21:45 - Highway 17 re-opened, Simcoe
Plaza still closed.
21:50 - Hotel patrons allowed back.
23:15 - Halfway point (transfer of
ammonia).

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Spring 2018

Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
With Irrigation: Green = Safer
AODA for the Facility Manager
Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
ORFA Professional Designations
Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
ORFA Awards & Recognition
Emergency Evacuations
Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Annual Professional Development & EXPO
FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Intro
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover1
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - cover2
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 3
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 4
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 5
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 6
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Safe Ice Resurfacer Operations Online
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Addressing Violence & Harassment in Recreational Facilities
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 9
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 10
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Combatting Workplace Violence & Harassment: Four Tips for Employers
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 12
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - With Irrigation: Green = Safer
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 14
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 15
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - AODA for the Facility Manager
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 17
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Truth, Reconciliation, Cemeteries
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 19
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Professional Designations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 21
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 22
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Aquatics and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 24
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Energy Champion – The Engine to Excel
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 26
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 27
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - ORFA Awards & Recognition
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Emergency Evacuations
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM)
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 31
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 32
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Member Profile – Terry Vachon, General Manager Parks, Culture and Recreation, Clearview Township
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 34
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - 35
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Annual Professional Development & EXPO
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - FACTS: Arena Figure Skating Accident Claim Study
Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - A Post Mortem of a Community’s Declared Recreation Facilities Emergency
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Facility Forum - Spring 2018 - Bump Testing Ammonia Sensors
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