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CROIERG's Incident Coping Criteria
  • Effective Training
  • Effective Communication
  • Planning
  • Practical, easily-understood procedures
  • Good supplies of specialised equipment, including trailer units.
  • Co-operation with various emergency services and government agencies in various States and Territories

CROIERG acknowledges that the best way to minimise risk is to develop expertise and Group Training Sessions and Bulletins work towards this end.

The equipment in the Storage Area and Spill Response Trailers are the major asset of the group and enable a quick response to be made to an incident by group members who may be involved in an accident or incident in the course of their work related activities.

Petrasafe Principles

The Group was formed strictly in accordance with the principles outlined in the AIP PETRASAFE Guidelines.

It still follows these guidelines many years later!

The group concept is one of ‘Mutual-Aid’ for equipment & supplies - a commonsense approach which assists in compliance with legislation for the transport of dangerous goods as outlined in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code and assocated Regulations


Members who have an incident are entitled to access the CROIERG emergency equipment. Members take part in emergency training, participate in the organisation of the group, and have access rights not only to the public section of the web site but to the manual and to the training bulletins and group news.

Third party responders can only access CROIERG trailers and equipment on behalf of financial members of CROIERG. Equipment usage by non-members is not allowed

Contact Brian O'Connor for information about membership


Our Approach

The Canberra & Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group, Incorporated

Being prepared is part of Emergency Planning!

Incidents involving road or rail tankers may involve spillage, fire, actual or potential harm to people, property or the environment; product recovery; vehicle salvage; and site restoration. There could also be incidents at static oil storages. (Depots or Terminals)

Training sessions include simulated emergencies, involving the various emergency services, government agencies & industry personnel.

CROIERG has run successful RollOver Tanker Training Sessions in Canberra and these sessions have had attendances of hundreds of people and been acknowledged by our peers as being an outstanding success.

CROIERG has conducted extensive research into industry emergency responder training for road tanker incidents that may occur. This has resulted in two specialised training courses being developed in association with the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra ACT.

Two training courses have been developed: -

  1. Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response
  2. Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations (Petroleum Fuel Products)

Both of these training courses are Nationally Accredited and courses are conducted at the TISC Sutton Road Training Complex in Canberra

CROIERG Group Training Bulletins have received Australia wide recognition and are up-dated monthly to raise awareness of oil industry safety by reporting incidents from around the world as they occur. And also to cater for industry, and legislative, changes. They are available to Members in the Member’s Area of the website

The group has two specialised Training Trailers and a static display semi-trailer tanker unit
CROIERG has 34 specialised spill response trailers containing a large amount of the equipment needed to cater for petroleum products spillage incidents. These units include a special oil skimmer unit and also a special product transfer pumping unit. Other spill response units are being placed in strategic locations on the main transport routes on a regular basis depending on funds availability.

There is also a large supply of back-up equipment, together with six (6) trailers stored in Canberra with 24-hour access availability.

  • This supply of spill response equipment would be the certainly the most comprehensive in inland Australia.
  • CROIERG is recognised as a leader in inland oil industry emergency response (Mutual-Aid) groups.
  • CROIERG assists in promoting the principles of Mutual-Aid Groups as an industry initiative for providing effective emergency response.
  • The design of the CROIERG web site has received many compliments and the contents are comprehensive and constantly updated. The site contains a public section and a closed member’s only section, containing the Member’s Manual and Training Bulletins. These sections require an individual Member's User Code and Passwords for access.

The group has two specialised Training Trailers

A specially constructed RollOver Tanker Training Unit, which is trailer mounted and easily transported from location to location as and when required
A Cutaway Tanker Trailer, which demonstrates the internal workings of a petroleum products road tanker. This is also easily transportable.
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ACT Fire Brigade crews involved in joint training exercises with CROIERG

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