Emergency Response Technician

Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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.


The Emergency Response Technicians will be responsible for guiding the field response to petroleum related fires, spill and other emergencies, including coordinating and providing direction to municipal 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.  Serves 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.


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 in the Emergency Response department. This position is based at our Burnaby, BC office location.


  • 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, where appropriate.      
  • In the event of an emergency, the technician is responsible for on-site deployment of response protocols. This includes being responsible for guiding and coordinating field activities as part of the local incident management team. Response must be within the first hour of confirmation of incident to reporting location, 6 hours within the local district and within the first 12 hours for all other Trans Mountain locations.      
  • Technicians are subject matter experts on emergency response equipment including applicable fire systems and provide expertise to local staff as well as provide input to training experts, Emergency Management and EHS on Fire Systems, Confined Space Training, and rescue training.
  • Coordinate with the Manager of Emergency Management, Emergency Response exercises within the district/facility. During the exercise, they would lead/coach and coordinate field activities as part of the local incident management team.
  • Participate and when required lead/coach appropriate Emergency Response exercises pipeline wide.
  • Liaise and coordinate with the Emergency Management department and attend additional training as identified by the Emergency Management department as needed.
  • Multi-skill and multi-task within Operations including assisting in mooring vessels and ship to shore connections and delivery. Assisting other technical groups as needed, including, but not limited to, pipeline protection and operations.
  • Management and inspection of operating fire/oil response equipment as part of the integrity management program. This includes ensuring readiness of all emergency response resources. Safety, emergency response and system impairment collaboration with contractors relating to capital projects.            
  • Provide Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) presentations to first responders and liaise as appropriate with local fire departments to convey information about company emergency processes, procedures, and Operations that could impact emergency response. Participate with mutual aid partners in joint training and emergency response exercises.



  • High School completion
  • Minimum of 6-9 years’ experience in related field
  • NFPA 1081 Industrial Firefighter Certification and NFPA 472 Chapter 16 Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Specialty Certification TEEX is required
  • Occupational First Aid Certificate – Level 2 and Confined Space Rescue Technician is also required
  • Must have a Valid Driver’s License and Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) (or equivalent certification)
  • Successful completion of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and Incident Command System (ICS) 300 would be an asset
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Must be a team player with a positive attitude.
  • Self-motivated, capable of performing tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Attention to detail is critical.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle strict deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.



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 experienced 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.