Equipment guiding principles



  • WCSS will ensure that members in good standing have access to a minimum of one initial spill response unit in each Zone and specialized equipment that is cascaded from regional locations as required.
  • Although WCSS will strive to meet the equipment needs of a member company there may be situations where WCSS will withhold some of the equipment requested to ensure that the spill preparedness requirements for the general membership is not compromised.
  • In the event that the member requires more equipment than WCSS can provide, WCSS will assist the member in acquiring the necessary equipment.
  • WCSS will strive for continuous improvement and monitor new equipment technology and other spill preparedness and response organizations to identify equipment that could improve our members spill response capability.
  • Stakeholder engagement will be a component of equipment acquisitions decisions.
  • WCSS will continue to budget for and purchase capital on an annual basis and maintain an equipment reserve fund for emergencies.


  • WCSS members do not pay rental for equipment in WCSS’ jurisdictional area unless the spill originated from a facility or from a rail incident in which case members will pay 1/3 of the rental rate outlined in Schedule B of the equipment lease agreement.
  • WCSS members will pay 1/3 of the rental rates outlined in Schedule B of the equipment lease agreement when the equipment is utilized outside of WCSS’ jurisdictional area.
  • WCSS members must sign the equipment lease agreement prior to the receipt of the equipment however, WCSS will not withhold equipment for a spill response because the signed lease agreement is pending but will hold the member accountable for the requirements outlined in the actual lease agreement ( reference- WCSS Charter)
  • WCSS members can utilize WCSS equipment for in-house training and/or standby purposes provided the WCSS Operations Manager or designate approves and the equipment can be recalled in the event that it is required during an emergency.
  • WCSS members that utilize the equipment are responsible for the transportation of the equipment from the custodian’s location to the member’s site location.
  • WCSS requires that persons operating a WCSS boat must have WCSS certification; WCSS will assist the member company in finding WCSS certified boat operators for their in-house training program or spill response.


  • WCSS will ensure that equipment is positioned in its geographic area that will meet or exceed regulatory spill response planning times (to be determined).


  • WCSS will ensure that equipment maintenance and reliability is a high priority and will strive to ensure that all of WCSS’ equipment is in a state of readiness.
  • WCSS will replace equipment with high-quality dependable equipment and maintain standards that have been previously established when ordering containment boom, boats and other types of equipment.
  • WCSS will not allow spill response equipment that has been contaminated with liquid hydrocarbon to be put back in service without clearance from the Operations Manager or designate.


  • WCSS will track equipment usage and post a live report on its website
  • WCSS will provide quarterly equipment reports to key stakeholders and an annual report to the Cooperative Chairmen.


  • WCSS members will sign-off the equipment lease agreement prior to usage or as quickly as possible during the emergency phase of the spill.
  • Members will arrange for transportation of the equipment to their site.
  • Members will advise WCSS immediately if there is a safety concern linked to equipment that is provided.
  • Members will replace damaged equipment that is not repairable and pay for the cost of consumables and repairs to damaged equipment; the replacement process will take place as soon as possible including during the operational phase of the spill response.
  • Members will utilize WCSS certified boat operators only when WCSS boats are utilized.
  • Members will return equipment a.s.a.p. that is on-site and under their control but is not or likely will not be deployed.
  • Members will provide feedback linked to WCSS’ equipment after usage and the return of the equipment in an effort to improve.


  • Non-WCSS members can access WCSS equipment at the discretion of the WCSS Operations Manager or designate and if approved must sign a non-member equipment lease agreement and pay rental rates that are outlined in Schedule B of the lease agreement.
  • Non-members must meet the same requirements as outlined above in “WCSS Member Responsibilities”.