Clallam County Oil Spill Preparedness and Response

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The Clallam County Marine Resources Committee (Clallam MRC) was established by the Northwest Straits Commission as a result of the 1998 Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, which combines data-driven science with grassroots involvement by citizen groups in an effort to address the depletion of marine resources in the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

In support of planning and responding to oil spills, Clallam MRC provide HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) training and two eight-hour Oiled Wildlife trainings to at least 75 volunteers. The MRC is committed to sponsoring ongoing community education, training, and organization to maintain readiness to respond to a spill or other event that impacts marine wildlife in Clallam County.

Topics covered in trainings

  • Health & Safety. Facility requirements
  • Bird anatomy & family characteristics, live & dead practice sessions
  • Efforts of oil & secondary complications
  • Search & collection planning
  • Search & collection procedures (netting, stalking, teamwork, gear)
  • Initial "beak-to-tail" examination & treatment (breathing, pulse, eyes, temperature, etc.)
  • Bird handling, intubation/hydration