Incident Response Services Overview

Incident Response

In addition to having 40 years of oiled wildlife response experience, we are one of a few organizations in the country that can professionally manage a response to a major spill. We provide safe and professional response services locally, nationally, and globally.


Assess

Determine impact on wildlife
Determine impact potential
Help establish wildlife plans

Manage

Set up treatment facilities
Provide on-site training
Communicate with agencies

Rehabilitate

Provide medical treatment
Decontaminate wildlife
Monitor & evaluate for release

We are ready and equipped to respond to a variety of incidents including: HAZMAT, oil, or natural disasters.

To report a spill please call the National Response Center at 1.800.424.8802

When an incident occurs that affects or may affect wildlife, we can be activated by the responsible party or a government agency. Every response is unique and may require different staffing and safety measures. Activation can range from a field survey to determine possible wildlife impact to a full-scale response that includes facility setup and on-site volunteer training. Whether it’s 2 animals or 2,000, our team is ready to lead or join a response effort involving a variety of species, including  birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

With over 4 decades of experience in oiled wildlife response, we have become seamlessly integrated into the Incident Command System and have worked with hundreds of agencies and organizations on response efforts. We maintain a high level of safety training for all our staff and core team members including HAZWOPER and ISO400 training. Our team includes staff and consulting members representing a variety of fields, including veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation.

When animals have been affected within a reasonable driving radius of our facilities in Newark, Delaware, patients may be transported for treatment to our Wildlife Response Annex. This is a purpose-built facility for maximum safety and efficiency during a response.

Notable responses

2012 Hurricane Sandy refinery spill
New Jersey, United States

2010 Deepwater Horizon spill
Gulf of Mexico, United States

2000 Erika vessel sinking
Brittany, Fance

1996 Sea Empress Vessel grounding
Milford Haven, Wales

Wildlife Response Annex

The Wildlife Response Annex is a unique building dedicated to large-scale incident and oiled wildlife response.

Washing Facilities

Multiple wash lines
Multiple safety features
Gray-water recycling

Medical Facilities

ICU
Pathology lab
Treatment areas

Training Facilities

Meeting space
AV ready
Scenic natural area

The  Wildlife Response Annex is a full-service facility designed to meet the needs of wildlife and responders through the entire oiled wildlife rehabilitation process.

The wash area was designed for maximum efficiency and safety. Overhead equipment keeps the floors clear and safe while grated floors and non-slip mats eliminate slipping hazards. Everything needed to respond to an incident is stocked and ready, from personal protective equipment to detergent. The plumbing was designed to provide the consistent water pressure and temperature that the washing process requires.

The entire floor of the wash area is grated with a drainage system below it. This allows for easy disposal of waste water and prevents water from pooling on walking surfaces. From the drainage system, water is directed into underground waste tanks for removal.

Once a patient has been washed to remove contaminants, it is moved into the rinse area to remove any remaining residue from the wash process so that waterproofing can be restored.

The rinse area, like the wash area, features grated floors with a drainage system. These drains lead to a gray-water recycling system where water is reused in other parts of the facility. After the patient has been rinsed, it is placed in the drying room adjacent to the rinse area. The flexible design of the room allows us to set up different types of dryers to meet each patient’s needs.

The Annex contains a full medical facility in addition to the wash and office areas. When patients arrive, they are brought into the medical treatment room for a full examination and initial stabilization treatments. For patients with more serious medical concerns, the ICU provides a warm, quiet, temperature-controlled environment.

Other features include a full kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator/freezer unit as well as a pathology lab where blood samples can be analyzed and necropsies performed.

The Annex also provides space for meetings and training. With a scenic view of the wooded acreage surrounding the building, the Annex provides a beautiful setting for small- to mid-sized meetings.

Facility Setup

Our team draws on decades of experience to select and outfit an on-location facility when a response occurs outside of the reasonable transport range of our permanent facility in Newark, Delaware.

Design

Idenifty appropriate facility
Mitigate potential safety hazards
Determine resources needed

Manage

Implement safety processes
Procure supplies
Optimize space usage

Rehabilitation

Construct holding pens
Consider species-specific needs
Prevent cross-contamination

During an active response effort, a facility must meet safety, space, water capacity, and size requirements. Team members will work with the appropriate parties to select a suitable building when an incident occurs. Once a space has been determined, the facility can be operation-ready in as few as 12-24 hours, though up to 48 hours may be required.

Following the selection of the facility during a response, the Tri-State team will implement a site safety plan. The safety plan will include checklists to avoid physical, chemical, and biological hazards, and it will contain emergency procedures and contact numbers.

Specification needs vary depending on the response, and our team considers many factors to determine a successful facility setup including:

• Overall size of the spill and potential wildlife impact
• Species and ages of affected wildlife
• Geographic location of the spill
• Season / weather
• Type of contaminant(s)
• Facility availability
• Building systems & utilities

For a more comprehensive list of approximate requirements, contact us. 

 

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