WCSS member companies must sign an Equipment Lease Agreement prior to use whether in a standby, training or emergency situation.  In the event of an emergency, equipment will not be withheld, though the company that has requested the equipment will be held accountable for the requirements outlined in the agreement.







  • 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”.

Boats & Response Vessels

Shallow Water Equipment


Specialized Equipment

Spill Response Units

 Equipment reference images