Atomic Energy of Canada Nuclear Response Force

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Atomic Energy of Canada Nuclear Response Force

Postby Bald Man » Tue Jan 10, 2006 7:44 am

Are these guys apponted as S/Cst's? It also indicates applicants have to complete the ATS constable testing. Just wondering because I've heard they carry automatic firearms. If they just have to have a firearms licence, are they authorized by the government to carry full auto firearms? In addition, I don't think they would need an ATT because they probably don't carry any firearms of site.


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Job Title: Nuclear Response Force CRL
Posted Date: 16-12-2005
Location: Chalk River, Ontario, Canada
Description:


Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is an integrated nuclear technology company providing services to nuclear utilities worldwide. Our 4,000 employees are focused on delivering R&D support, nuclear services, design and engineering, construction management, specialist technology, and waste management and decommissioning in support of CANDU reactor products.



AECL has an immediate opening for people with experience in Emergency and Protective Services. More specifically, we are seeking individuals to fill the position of Nuclear Response Force Officer.



The Nuclear Response Force is responsible for ensuring that the Chalk River Laboratories is a Safe and Secure environment. Responsibilities include providing an armed patrol and tactical response capability at Chalk River Laboratories facilities in addition to conducting normal security activities as prescribed by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and/or Nuclear Security Regulations.


Duties:



Perform the following security activities on a shift basis(12 hour rotational), in accordance with oral and written instructions, company and site-specific policies and procedures and applicable legislation.

Provide conventional security and/or armed security patrol, and tactical response capabilities to breaches of security, emergencies and /or contingency operations, on or in relation to the protected area.



Contain, apprehend, arrest, search and /or neutralize armed or unarmed intruders pending the arrival of the local/Provincial Police force, utilizing the correct application of the "Use of Force Continuum" in accordance with approved rules of engagement.



Prepare and maintain records of security activities performed as per procedures.



Carry out normal and miscellaneous security investigations involving property, personnel, criminal or quasi criminal acts, damage claims.



Carry and effectively employ, a variety of non-lethal and lethal weapon systems, day and night surveillance systems, as well as standard and tactical communications systems.



Perform regular security activities such as motor vehicle and foot patrols, gate duty, personnel and vehicle searches, etc.wearing ballistic vests, equipment belts, and portable radios to enforce trespassing and regulations, and to check on security facility housekeeping, anti-intrusion and other property protection equipment conditions.



Operate, as required, a motor vehicle equipped with appropriate firearms and communication equipment.



Perform and train in armed intervention or tactical operations , frequent intermittent periods of moderate to heavy physical activity will occur involving the wearing of a ballistic helmet, carrying of various weapons, and other pieces of associated or ancillary equipment, of moderate weight, running, crawling.

Work with internal and external contacts on a regular basis such as the radiation control group, notifying appropriate personnel for the purpose of responding to trouble calls, alarms, fire reports etc and responding to requests for local police, assisting the police in accident investigations on and off site.



During drills and/or emergency situations execute designated duties regarding information collection and communication, access control and/or evacuation of the site and adjacent areas in accordance with site contingency plans and procedures.



Provide appropriate information and assistance to off-site response forces in the event of armed intruders.



Operate and maintain equipment and supplies associated with duties.

Carry out basic maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer´s instructions.



Participate in regular physical fitness training and exercises, drills and testing under the guidance of designated personnel or on their own to maintain minimum acceptable standards.

Re-qualify on all equipment, procedures, and physical standards to ensure an appropriate "Fit for Duty" status.



Provide security input at site orientation sessions with on-site personnel on their role in maintaining general security of the facility with specific references to CNSC access requirements, local security regulations and parking information.



Operate and monitor closed circuit television units and intrusion equipment in the SecurityMonitoring Room and any other security locations on site.

Dispatch patrol personnel for the purpose of investigating alarms.

Identify and/or record any unusual situations to the supervisor for direction.

Maintain a log of all SMR operations and activities.

Provide first aid, rescue and other response as required

Respond to alarms on-site and at remote locations.

As assigned, demonstrate security functions to new personnel.



Qualifications:

Applicants must have successfully completed Secondary School or its equivalent.

Applicants must sucessfully pass a thorough medical and psychological examination

Applicants must successfully pass an annual physical fitness test as prescribed by the CNSC.

Applicants must attend a rigourous qualification training course (8 weeks off site) as prescribed by the CNSC.

Applicants must have a valid provincial driver´s licence (Class G).

Applicants must have a valid restricted and prohibited Possession and Aquisition Licence(PAL).

Requires a knowledge and understanding of sociology, contemporary social problems, interpersonal and group dynamics, and excellent communication skills.



Requires knowledge of Canadian criminal and civil law and have an understanding of civil rights.



Requires knowledge of security techniques, procedures and standards and related statutes and acts.

Requires knowledge of communication and security systems.



Applicants must have successfully completed the Constable Selection Process testing through an accredited agency(OPP or ATS Inc) and submit a current, valid certificate.



Experience


Requires extensive practical experience as may be gained in a law enforcement, military, or security environment, in the safe handling and tactical employment of various types of lethal and non-lethal weapons, day and night surveillance systems, restraint systems, the firearm permit process, and regulations regarding weapons discharges.

Requires experience in the security function to be familiar with the routines and various governing policies, procedures, and regulations, surveillance and detection equipment.

Requires experience to be familiar with the applicable computerized information systems for the production of security reports.

Requires experience to become familiar with nuclear safety/ corporate/divisional/ department policies and procedures, reporting structures, contracts and interrelationships between work groups.

Requires knowledge of radiation and personal protection equipment. A period of two to three years is considered necessary to gain this experience.



The local Ottawa Valley communities, offering a safe, pleasant family atmosphere with easy access to an abundance of natural beauty and recreational activities, are within a reasonable distance from larger centres of Ottawa and North Bay.

AECL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. AECL provides a smoke-free workplace.
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Postby Toonces » Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:20 am

Sounds like a tac team to me.

Getting paid to train physically sounds good to me!
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Postby smitty44 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:09 am

These people were in my intake at OPC...they were there for 8 weeks...doing Use of Force and Firearms Training....they are armed and also carry the automatic weapons.....you could hear them in the early evening at the outdoor range firing the weapons off...they dress in Tac gear....grey pants and the black t-shirt...then..that was Sept/04. Not a bad gig....they just do enforcement on their property....if you don't get a job in Policing...this is the way to go...
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Postby BennyD » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:12 am

Applicants must have a valid restricted and prohibited Possession and Aquisition Licence(PAL


I didn't think it was possible to carry a PAL for prohib firearms...unless perhaps you were grandfathered in
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Postby Bald Man » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:17 am

BennyD wrote:
Applicants must have a valid restricted and prohibited Possession and Aquisition Licence(PAL


I didn't think it was possible to carry a PAL for prohib firearms...unless perhaps you were grandfathered in


That's why I was wondering if they are Special cst's? I'm thinking if they're not S/Cst's, the Firearms centre or the CPFO must be issuing them a special ATT or Firearms licence which would enable them to possess prohibited firearms on site while on duty.
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Postby HyJynx » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:31 am

I had the chance to apply with them two years ago. I didn't get further in the app process because of a serious injury at the time, but I did manage to make it to a "phone interview" that occurred over a two week period. Pretty much your right it is a tac team. The recruiter told me that you will be trained to the point that is equivilant to the Durham Region Nuclear Tac Team. At the time when I applied OPC was not doing the training, it was conducted at the CFB base close to chalk river (don't remember which one).
Unfortunately the pay at the time sucked (around 15-17$/hr). I think it is a little better now. As for the automatics, he didn't get into specifics but it sounded like they have an exemption from the government. In the federal Nuclear safety act or whatever it's called, there is a little section that states a "response force" must be sufficiently equiped to repel an armed incursion or something to that effect. It was pretty cool to hear about the job back then, it looks a lot better and more streamlined now. Too bad I couldn't take it two years ago :)

For anyone interested I'd say go for it, it's a great opportunity and if you stay for a few years, think how it would look on your resume:

OPC - Use of Force
Tactical Operator/ Weapons specialist

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Postby warden602 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:47 am

Buddy of mine did this for a while... it's basically a "sit around and wait to shoot somebody but hope it never happens because it's gonna be the big time" job.... coupled with tons of training and boredom.

A lot of ex-military types from Petawawa get the jobs...
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Postby PaladinPup » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:56 am

warden602 wrote:Buddy of mine did this for a while... it's basically a "sit around and wait to shoot somebody but hope it never happens because it's gonna be the big time" job.... coupled with tons of training and boredom.

A lot of ex-military types from Petawawa get the jobs...


From the sounds of the requirements, it sounds as if they are looking for people specifically with LE or Military background. WHy would they hire anyone else?

Sounds like a decent gig though...
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Postby INTERCEPTOR » Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:11 am

Sounds boring to me. Everybody eventually gets tired of shooting the same targets over and over.
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Postby Bald Man » Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:14 am

If the pay is that low along with being very mind numing, they must have a high turn over rate.
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Postby gogethimjohnny » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:04 pm

The only nuclear security officers that are trained on contract by OPC is the Bruce Nuclear Power Inc out of Kincardine Ont. Specifically they are really not trained at "OPC", they just use the facilities and pay for some instruction. They do not receive the basic constable training.

It is important to note that these nuclear responce officers are not a sworn law enforcement entity. They are simply security guards who enjoy an exemption to the strict firearms laws in accordance with regulations under one of the federal nuclear acts. The pay does seem good but the job is very very boring.

Mainly access control and doing searches of persons entering and leaving the facility. Once the terrorism threats die down, can see the job slowly going by the way side so to speak.

I do believe that I did hear the Atomic Energy Security Guards are trained by the DND out of Borden, due to the agency being federal. They are most certaintly not special constables in Ontario. In fact at one point Atomic Energy as well as Ontario Hydro held special cst authority but that has lapsed about 5 years ago.
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Postby CourtOfficer » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:45 pm

The pay is excellent and exceeds that of a First Class Constable, but I can't help but think this would be a very boring job. Essentially, you're training for something that probably won't ever happen. I know one guy who got in at the very beginning and they trained at CFB Borden. In the beginning, he had to buy his own boots and there was no guarantee of a job, it was more of a "try out". We all thought the job would be hokey. But since that time, and them becoming members of the nuclear union who's members are very well paid, he now makes between 80 and 90K.

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Postby Actus Reus » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:49 pm

Contain, apprehend, arrest, search and /or neutralize armed or unarmed intruders


I wonder where 'neutralize' is on the use-of-force wheel? :twisted:
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Postby warden602 » Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:04 pm

gogethimjohnny wrote:The only nuclear security officers that are trained on contract by OPC is the Bruce Nuclear Power Inc out of Kincardine Ont. Specifically they are really not trained at "OPC", they just use the facilities and pay for some instruction. They do not receive the basic constable training.


Nope. The AECL team from Chalk River trains there as well. But similar in that they aren't at "OPC" proper, but using the facilities etc.
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Postby erpco » Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:21 pm

50020776 - Nuclear Response Team (NRT) Officer
Date Posted:
2006/01/06
Department/Division/Project Security
Job Description
Bruce Power, one of Ontario's largest independent generators of
electricity, is poised to substantially increase its generating capacity
with the return to service of Bruce Nuclear Units 1 and 2. Following the
successful restart of Bruce Units 3 and 4 in 2003, largely attributable
to our highly skilled workforce of 3500, Bruce Power has undertaken
numerous technical, environmental, and business case evaluations to
achieve the necessary due diligence in securing stakeholder approvals.
As planning for the return to service of Units 1 and 2 continues, Bruce
Power is soliciting interest from highly motivated, educatedand skilled
candidates for the position of Nuclear Response Team Officers in our
Security Department. Full-time, part-time and jobs of a temporary
nature are available.
General Accountabilities:
Perform the following security activities, on a shift basis, at a
Nuclear Generating Station as prescribed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety
and Control Act and/or regulation, in accordance with oral and written
instructions, company and site specific policies and procedures and
applicable regulations and legislation such as the Canadian Nuclear
Safety Act and the Firearms Act:
Provide conventional security and/or armed security patrol, and
tactical response capabilities to breaches of security, emergencies,
armed attacks, or contingency situations, on or in relation to the
protected or controlled areas.
Carry (on person), and effectively employ, a variety of non-lethal and
lethal weapon systems, day and night surveillance systems, as well as
standard and tactical communication systems. Participate in regular
physical fitness training and exercises, drills and testing under the
guidance of designated personnel. On a monthly basis, re-qualify on all
equipment, procedures, and physical standards to ensure an appropriate
"Fitness for Duty".
Carry out assigned foot and vehicle patrols of buildings, grounds and
fences to enforce trespassing regulations.
Operate, as required, a motor vehicle equipped with appropriate
firearms, communications and emergency equipment. Prepare and maintain
records of security activities performed as per procedures.
During drills and/or emergency situations execute designated duties
regarding information collection and communication, access control
and/or evacuation of site and adjacent recreation areas in accordance
with station/site contingency plans and procedures.
Conduct searches of persons, packages and vehicles entering and
leaving the facility, using physical and technological methods, toensure
that no weapons or explosives enter the facility and to prevent the
unauthorized removal of Category I, II or III nuclear material.
Monitor, record, and search all vehicle and pedestrian traffic
entering the protected and/or controlled areas of the facility in
accordance with approved procedures and operating policies.
Operate a program to provide employment/employee screening.
Prepare and/or check and process documents required for Site Access
Clearances, Federal Government Security Clearances and NuclearSecurity
Guard authorizations according to established guidelines issued by the
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).
Perform investigations, as directed, on suspected or known occurrences
of theft, fraud, mischief or any other criminal or quasi-criminal act
detrimental to the welfare of Bruce Power.
Depending on assignment, maintain a working relationship with external
agencies; such as, Federal and Provincial Police, CSIS, CNSC, Ministry
of Transportation and Communications, Ministry of Natural Resources and
the like to exchange information as required.
Coordinate and maintain the access card program for the various
entry-controlled locations at the site. Process completed Nuclear
Identification.
Maintain and input the Authorized List Program (ALP) computer database
to ensure the integrity of the proximity cards used on the site and
entry to the nuclear facilities meets all CNSC requirements.
Operate and maintain equipment and supplies associated with
identification.
Prepare impressions of fingerprints, handprints, etc, on the
prescribed documentation suitable for identification purposes by
government agencies.
Issue, retrieve and control radiation dosimeter badges for various
personnel, entering/leaving designated radiation zones. Check out
vehicles and personnel to monitor for possible contamination. Keep
Manager and senior station personnel informed of all incidents.
Operate and monitor closed circuit TV units and intrusion equipment.
Identify and/or record any unusual situations to the Manager for
direction. Maintain a log of all SMR activities.
Perform routine lock and key control activities in accordance with
established security policies, procedures and nuclear station management
regulations.
Operate a personal computer and associated software applications to
input and retrieve basic information such as, vehicle and visitor
information, etc, as well as to communicate with various site personnel
via E-mail to provide and/or request information.
Provide first aid, water rescue and fire response as required. Respond
to and take appropriate action to alarms on site and at remote
locations.
Act as a Peace Officer under the Public Works Protection Act.
Perform other duties as required.
Essential Competencies, Experience, and Qualification:
The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the following
essential competencies:
Concern for Safety
Analytical Thinking
Initiative
Communication
Cooperation
Work Organization
Self Control
Achievement Orientation
Relationship Building
Self Confidence
Flexibility in Dealing with Diversity
Assertiveness
Medical / Physical Skills and Abilities
Good Moral Character and Habits
The successful applicant must complete the following tests and
evaluations:
General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB)
Written Comprehension Test (WCT)
Physical Testing (Basic and Advanced)
Behavioural Personnel Assessment Device (Video Simulation)
Psychological Tests (MMPI2, NEOPR, interview)
Practical experience as may be gained in law enforcement, military,
corrections or in a private security environment would be considered an
asset.
The successful applicant must have the following licences:
Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).
Valid Ontario Driver's Licence.
NOTE: The successful applicant(s) must pass a physically and mentally
intensive 8 week training program sanctioned by the CNSC.
Candidates must have a minimum of Grade 12, with one further year of
study in appropriate subjects. A post-secondary school diploma / degree
in a relevant discipline such as police foundations or Criminology will
be viewed as a definite asset. Prior to being invited for an interview,
all applicants will be required to complete an on-site Nuclear Response
Team Screening process. This consists of the General Aptitude Test
Battery (GATB), the Written Comprehension Test and the Physical
Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP). It will also involve a vision
and hearing assessment. This initial testing will be followed by a
second round of age and gender based physical testing consisting of
push-ups, curl-ups and a 1.5-mile run. Candidates successful to this
stage will be invited to an interview. Following the interview process,
those candidates being asked to continue will be required to
successfully complete psychological testing, a complete physical
examination, and security screening.
We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an
interview will be contacted.
Bruce Power is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
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