We are just finishing a couple more acquasitions at the moment and will be changing our name probably some time in August.
For most of the time the work is "standby", usually when service companies are pumping acid or extremely flammable products into the well. Basically you sit there with hose in hand watching everyone work whilst getting paid. The going rate for that stuff is $250-$275/Day + $45 living allowance +$ for expenses + $ travel. When something blows up pay rates get higher pretty much instantly. We are now based in stations all throughout Alberta and have expanded into Northern BC domestically. There are a few stations that keep "the big iron" on hand to contend with the ugly blowouts and partner with a company that is ready to roll internationally 24/7.
Medic work is just like the fire end of things, you sit in an industrial ambulance watching people work. In Alberta if you are farther than 40 minutes drive time from a hospital you have to have an ambulance/medical transport on location so we have a few hundred ambulances for this kinda work.
As we just went through this massive merger our training and requirement policy is being re-written at the moment so I'll let you guys know the exact qualification we are looking for, but I can tell you right now that we are in desperate need of fire/medical/safety people. The work is mainly boring but when shat hits the fan you are in a living hell.
If you want, Principal Skinner, please have your contact email me at email@example.com
if they are potentially interested.
Here are a few more pics, some of these are ours some from other people:
This is one of the "cleaner" welhead attacks, uncontaminated crude oil is much uglier:
I believe this is the Vangaurd underwater blowout:
Blowout on a Terr service rig:
I don't recall where this one was:
Somewhere in Western Canada:
I believe this was in the Gulf during in hurricane season:
This is a great pic of a water bomber in California I do believe:
I had the misfortune of being wacked by a water bomber in my earlier years. I was working in BC at the time and had a couple days off after working for about 4 months straight, so my friend and I went to the pub for a beer or 10 and got drafted into firefighting when they came in and annexed everyone for the fire work. They threw us on a helicopter and heliported us out into the middle of nowhere. We were all still drunk when went to work and awol'd with most of the other bar patrons and had a nice little nap about 1km away from where we were supposed to be. A Cessna flew over us with this air raid horn kinda sound playing and we thought it was the officials who had found us and were nailing us for being lazy bastards so we hid. Needless to say the warning was in fact the "get the hell out of the area" warning and we caught the ass-end of the water bomber strike and then ran like hell because the fire was topping the trees right for us. Defininetly hell, drunk hell.. then wet, tired hungover hell. I prefere stucture or well fires anyday.
The mind of a man is the man himself.