An Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated when there is a significant event that includes: 

  • Significant number of people at risk
  • Response coordination required because of
    • Large or widespread event
    • Multiple emergency sites
    • Several responding agencies
  • Resource coordination required because of
    • Limited local resources, and
    • Significant need for outside resources
  • Uncertain conditions
    • Possibility of escalation of the event
    • Unknown extent of damage
  • Potential threat to people, property and / or environment
  • Declaration of a State of Local Emergency is made

The EOC provides communications and manages local multiagency support to the site level. The EOC provides additional resources to support the Incident Commander and follows the Incident Command System. 


Emergency Operations Centre (EOC):
A designated facility established by an agency or jurisdiction to coordinate the overall agency or jurisdictional response and support to an emergency response.
Incident Commander (IC):
The individual responsible for the management of all incident operations at the incident site.
Incident Command System (ICS):
A standardized on-scene emergency management concept specifically designed to allow its user(s) to adopt an integrated organizational structure equal to the complexity and demands of single or multiple incidents, without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Primary EOC, RDKS
    4545 Lazelle Ave., Terrace, BC
  • Alternate EOC, Thornhill Fire Department
    3128 Hwy 16 East, Thornhill