Emergency Plan

DRXC Emergency Response Procedure revised 2024 January

Emergency Plan Printable version – pdf (6 pages)

Prevention and Safety Precautions 

  1. In advance, find out about the area you want to ski in and  about the trail conditions. Choose trails that are within your  ability. 
  2. Bring one or more printed maps (see www.drxc.ca/maps/). 
  3. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to   return. 
  4. Avoid skiing alone, especially if you are skiing in the backcountry. 
  5. Carry a charged cell phone, and keep it in a warm place  (close to your body). Note that cell reception is generally  better at higher elevations. For the trails maintained by the  DRXC, cell coverage as of 2020 is as follows: 
    • Silver Spoon trails (accessed from Balmer Bay Road) –  Generally good on all trails. 
    • Bass Lake (or Cabin) trails (accessed from Bass Lake  Road) – Good within the first 5 km of the trail head, and  spotty beyond that out to the cabin. Beyond the cabin,  cell coverage is poor. 
    • Petawawa Research Forest trails – Good near roads,  and spotty farther into the bush. 
  6. When traveling in the backcountry, bring extra equipment  such as: 
    • Energy food and a hot drink in a thermos 
    • Extra warm clothes (e.g., down vest, hat, and mitts) • Matches or lighter and a candle to light a fire
    • Chemical heat packs
    • Personal first aid kit, including bandaids and a tensor  bandage 
    • Gorilla or duct tape, rope, handsaw 

In Case of an Injury on the Trail 

  1. Stay calm and assess the situation. 
  2. If the person is able to walk out, accompany him/her and  monitor closely, especially if the situation could worsen. 3. For all injuries for which a person needs support, phone  volunteers on the DRXC emergency call list (listed below). 4. Keep the person safe and warm (e.g., wrap in blanket or  extra clothing, light a fire, build a snow shelter). If needed,  send someone to get a toboggan and/or supplies from a first  aid barrel (locations listed below). 
  3. For a serious medical condition (e.g., unconscious, possible  heart attack, fracture of a major bone, or unable to get out  even with help), phone 9-1-1 immediately. Pass on the  information. Ask how long it will take for help to arrive. 
  4.  If possible, send someone to the trail access point to meet  emergency response vehicles. 
  5. If you cannot phone, either send another person for help, or  leave the person in a safe place and go for help. 
  6. Please inform the DRXC of incidents so that the emergency preparedness can be improved. 

In Case of a Lost Person 

1.  Phone someone on the General Call List, who can advise on  how to best organize a search (or who can coordinate the  search for you). 

2.  If a quick search is unsuccessful, phone 9-1-1.  

DRXC Emergency Call List

If a skier gets lost or injured on any of the local trails, the following  skiers are prepared to help. Working with the emergency  response professionals (contacted through 9-1-1), they can help  with rescues or searches, and suggest the best access points on  the trails for snowmobiles or ATVs. The volunteers represent a  mix of trail knowledge, skiing ability, physical endurance, and first  aid experience. 

General Call List (in alphabetical order): These volunteers can be  the single-point contact or overall coordinator (one phone call). 

Volunteers Home Phone Cell Phone
Diane Davis 613-584-3033 613-732-5162
Bob Donders 613-584-4321 613-618-6123

Trail-Specific Call Lists (in alphabetical order): These volunteers  can help in rescues or searches. The volunteers are assigned to  particular trails, but most can help on any of the trails. Those  marked with * are specifically advisors. 

Silver Spoon (112 Balmer Bay Road, Deep River)

Volunteers Home Phone Cell Phone
Fabrice Guérout 613-584-1983 613-732-5231
Bruce Heinmiller 613-584-3269 647-463-4233
Anne Murphy n/a 613-858-2123
Pete Rose 613-584-4954 613-602-0078
Bruce Smith 613-584-3586 613-639-4207
Metin Yetisir n/a 613-858-2123

Bass Lakes (or Cabin) (end of Bass Lake Rd) 

Volunteers Home Phone Cell Phone
Mike Beale May Zhangn/a 613-635-1297
Karen Collins (knows trail)613-584-2880 613-717-0712
Diane Davis* will team with another rescuer613-584-3033 613-732-5162
Stuart Craig
Helena Rummens 613-584-4321 613-717-9202

Petawawa Research Forest (Clouthier Road, Chalk River)

Volunteers Home Phone Cell Phone
Stuart Craig 613-584-3171 613-639-8686
Tom Moore 613-584-3214 613-401-0742
David Ross n/a 613-717-2382
Peter Van Wagner n/a 613-585-1050

Snowmobiler Call List: These volunteers are skiers, have access  to a snowmobile, and are familiar with trails in the area. 

Trail System Volunteers Home Phone Cell Phone
Silver Spoon Marc Audet Bob Donders613-281-4591 613-584-4321613-281-4591 613-618-6123
Other trails Ross Meadowcroft 613-584-3619 613-639-1461

DRXC Emergency Equipment

Location Equipment List
Silver Spoon Chalet (112 Balmer  Bay Road, Deep River)– Toboggan with rope and straps – First aid kit, 30 L barrel with  sleeping bag & rope
Silver Spoon Trails 1) bottom of M  2) hilltop of B, S, H loops30 L or 10 L barrel with (for  example): small first aid kit,  candle, matches, plastic bags,  blanket, hand warmers, mask
Bass Lake Trails 1) junction of Sidetrack & Main &  Railway Ridge trails (only  available during the ski season) 2) ski hut, on porch (barrel) or  under hut (toboggan)– Toboggan with rope and/or  straps – 30 L barrel with (for example):  first aid kit, splint, mask, candles,  matches, newspaper, plastic bags,  pencil & paper, scissors, blankets,  hand & toe warmers, rope, gray  tape – Ski hut has 1 pair of snowshoes  inside
Petawawa Research Trails No First aid barrel. Bring a first aid  kit with you

Deep River Cross Country Ski Club