Emergency Response Technician

Date: Jan 10, 2023

Location: Bellingham, Washington State, United States

Company: Trans Mountain

Trans Mountain operates Canada’s only pipeline system transporting oil products to the West Coast. We deliver approximately 300,000 barrels of petroleum products each day through 1,150 kilometres of pipeline in Alberta and British Columbia, and 111 kilometres of pipeline in Washington state.


Our Core Values

Trans Mountain’s core values – Safety, Integrity, Respect and Excellence – guide our every step. Each obstacle we’ve overcome or success we’ve experienced has been the result of a shared commitment to living these values every day. Together, we’re focused on doing the right thing for each other and our communities.


As an Emergency Response Technician (ERT) with Trans Mountain, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a progressive and fast-paced group of experts.  This position is based out of Bellingham, Washington, USA

The Emergency Response Technicians will be responsible for leading the response to petroleum related fires and emergencies, including coordinating, and providing direction to first responders. Technicians are subject matter experts on Emergency response and coach Trans Mountain staff to ensure appropriate procedures and protocols are implemented at assigned locations.  The successful candidate will serve as a liaison with external emergency responders during emergency response situations and for ongoing safe work practices. Duties also include day to day operational and maintenance responsibilities.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the appropriate procedures and protocols ready for deployment in the event of an emergency.  This extends to readiness as tested by emergency exercises, including maintenance (and records of maintenance) as well as facilitating operation of tank fire suppression equipment.
  • In the event of an emergency, the technician is responsible for onsite deployment of response protocols. 
  • Leading and coordinating field activities as part of the local incident management team for Puget Sound. 
  • Provide expertise to local staff as well as provide input to training experts, emergency response and EHS on Fire Systems, Confined Space Training, and Rescue Training.
  • Coordinate with the Manager of Emergency Management, Tank Fire and Emergency Response exercises.  During the exercise they would lead and coordinate field activities as part of the local incident management team.
  • Multi-skill and multi-task within District Operations Including assisting technical groups as needed.
  • Management and inspection of facility operating equipment as part of the facility integrity management program.  
  • Conduct annual fire systems checks and ensuring the readiness of all emergency response resources, safety, emergency response, and system impairment collaboration with contractors relating to the Trans Mountain.
  • Provide Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) presentations to first responders and liaise as appropriate with local fire departments to convey information about company emergency fire suppression processes, procedures, and Terminal Operations that would impact emergency response.


Qualifications and Professional Experience:

  • High School completion is required
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in related field
  • Technical Diploma in related field and Journeyman trade certification is preferred
  • Fire prevention and Emergency response/incident command system experience will be a strong asset
  • Confined Space Rescue Technician certification an asset
  • Valid Driver’s License and clean drivers abstract is required
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential Card (TWIC) is an asset
  • Washington State Boating License would be an asset
  • Self-motivated, capable of performing tasks with minimal supervision and have a good team building attitude
  • Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously as attention to detail is critical
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle strict deadlines
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, safety of company assets and employees, and the general public
  • Demonstrated decision making ability and ability to achieve results using influence
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to change
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs



We Build Careers and Pipelines That Last

Our story is about determination, resourcefulness and resilience. It’s about charting our own course, finding innovative solutions to challenging problems and doing the right thing. It was true when Trans Mountain became a company in 1951 and it’s just as true today. We welcome new members to our team that embrace the qualities in our story, that thrive on the new path and directions we take.  Our culture is one of care and taking our responsibilities seriously. If you would like to contribute to our culture, then join our journey.


A Rewarding Opportunity


We offer:

  • Valuable experience providing opportunity for professional development and career advancement;
  • An opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the most talented and experience people in the business;
  • Competitive compensation;
  • Comprehensive benefits programs including flexible benefits, pension and savings plans
  • A place to share a sense of purpose and build relationships;
  • Meaningful work that makes a difference;
  • An opportunity within the Canadian energy industry.


We value:

  • The health, safety and wellness of everyone working in our company;
  • Meaningful participation from Indigenous and local communities;
  • The commitment and resilience of our people;
  • Collaboration and achieving success together. 


In keeping with Trans Mountain’s commitment to maximize benefits for communities, priority will be given to qualified candidates from Indigenous, local and regional communities along the Trans Mountain existing, and expansion, pipeline corridor.


In Alberta, the existing pipeline system spans the traditional territories of Treaty 6, 7 and 8, and the Métis Nation of Alberta (Zone 4).


In British Columbia, the system crosses the traditional territories of numerous First Nations that are affiliated with the Secwepemc, Dakelh (Carrier), Nlaka'pamux, Syilx/Okanagan, Interior and Coast Salish, Stó:lo, as well as the Métis.

Trans Mountain also operates through 15 First Nation Reserves located within the region spanning the BC interior through Fraser Valley.


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trans Mountain is committed to supporting diversity and individual differences.  The diverse viewpoints and cultural knowledge that our employees bring to work enrich our organization’s collective cultural understanding, which is reflected in the work we do every day.  Trans Mountain welcomes new team members from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.