FMF CB

FMF-CB_web-header

This information sheet will be updated as necessary with the newest information added to the beginning of the document.

In addition to email updates every second Monday, this information will be available at the following websites:

Subscription requests to these updates can be sent from your DND or personal email address to Ashley.Evans@forces.gc.ca.

Again, we thank you for your patience and commitment during this time. Please take care of yourself and your family.

––––

Update February 16

Good Morning FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

Have a wonderful week.

––––

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE VERSION HERE]

––––

Update February 9

Team,

As you would have seen by email or been briefed by your supervisors last night or this morning, we have had a confirmation of a fourth covid-positive FMFCB employee. This case is again, as a close contact, part of the already identified cluster. Our thoughts are with each of our employees and their families in hoping that they recover quickly.

I am proud of the way you the FMF team came together and reacted quickly to the initial covid case. We followed our processes, as well as Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and other health and safety guidelines, to take actions including identifying close contacts and sanitizing required areas. Due to the risk associated with the initial case and close contacts, we immediately reverted to our ‘3C Protect’ (i.e. minimum manning) posture. In order to progress the Fleet’s critical operational work, I have ordered the stand-up of the Operations Control Centre. Some of you have already been called upon to support these efforts. Thank you.

I also want to let you know that I met with an Environmental Health Officer from the VHIA yesterday, who reviewed our processes and inspected our facilities. This was a valuable visit in that we have a few

takeaways to allow us to make some minor improvements. It was encouraging in that our existing procedures are more than acceptable and VIHA supports our continued work with the policies currently in place.

In reviewing our current risk level, I am directing that FMFCB will remain in our current ‘3C Protect’ (i.e. minimum manning) posture through Sunday, 14 Feb 21. At that time, I will assess the situation with a view to returning to our ‘3A Surge’ posture only when it is safe to do so.

Please stay safe and healthy, and continue to follow all covid measures both at work and at home.

MD

Capt(N) Martin Drews

––––

Update February 1

Team,

It has recently come to my attention that some are concerned that FMFCB is not applying a consistent risk-based COVID work posture. I understand our current posture decision is being compared with the posture ordered in November. First let me be clear, as the CO of FMFCB I need balance the risk to you the workforce with FMF’s ability to support mandated naval operations.

My decision in November to assume the ‘3B Sustain’ posture was based on my obligation to protect the workforce during a relatively low intensity operation period. The intent at the time was to ensure the workforce was safe and ready to deliver today – January 2021, when we knew demand on FMFCB would be high. Subsequent to this decision the number of new cases/day dropped and I made the decision to bring the workface back to “3A Surge”.

Throughout these last few weeks, I have continuously assessed the situation with the command team, Fleet Commander and the Admiral, assessed the risk to you the workforce, and determined that we must remain in ‘3A Surge’ posture to prepare the Fleet for operations. Let me make in clear, your work and dedication these last few weeks has been nothing short of exceptional! You are demonstrating that you

are a strategic asset that the Navy and Canada can rely on in times of crisis. That said, given some of the concerns expressed, I wanted to share with you some of the factors that I consider in reviewing FMFCB’s posture:

  • The operational load on FMFCB, i.e. the number of concurrent work periods;
  • The regional point prevalence (percentage of the population with COVID) in both South Vancouver Island and Central Vancouver Island;
  • The average number of daily new cases in the Vancouver Island Health Authority area;
  • Information on outbreak localization and case source risk;
  • The BC COVID Restart Plan Phase; and
  • The number of positive COVID cases in the FMF and in the ship repair zone (SRZ).

To be more certain that this is reviewed explicitly and in a timely manner, I have established ‘triggers’, that is, conditions with respect to the above factors that, if met, will require a review of our posture with my senior management. I am also likely to take other factors into consideration depending on circumstances at the time – for example, eventually (sooner, rather than later, we hope), the vaccination rate will become another important factor. Other factors might include regional health orders or advice from CAF medical authorities.

Please rest assured that I and your senior management continue to take the pandemic seriously and to carefully consider risks in all that we do. Your work is important and critical to Canada’s security and interests – and, given this, it is important that we continue to carefully balance risks in order to provide our ‘essential service’ as long as possible and in as much volume as possible.

I thank you for your continued hard work and flexibility, which has been exhibited in spades by the FMFCB team since the beginning of the pandemic, and we have seen particular success this January while executing four concurrent work periods; and I reiterate that our work is important to and valued by both the RCN and Canada.

Capt(N) Martin Drews

––––

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE VERSION HERE]

––––

Update January 19

Good Afternoon FMF Cape Breton,

Please note there is no update for today.

Have a wonderful week.

––––

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE VERSION HERE]

––––

Update January 6

Good Afternoon FMF Cape Breton,

Welcome to the New Year!

Please note there is no update for today.

Have a wonderful week.

––––

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE VERSION HERE]

––––

Update December 14

CO’s Message: Reversion to 3A ‘Surge’ Posture on 14 Dec

Sent on behalf of the CO:

Refs.: A. Email direction, “FMF Reversion to ‘3B Sustain’ Posture 30 Nov 20 – 3 Jan 21”, CO FMFCB to FMFCB work force, 25 Nov 20
B. MARPAC – JTFP Business Continuity Plan (BCP) – Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton – Annex A – Op LASER, 15 Mar 20
C. 3555-1600-1 (PM/RDIMS 1063256) Tasking Order – FMF CAPE BRETON Limited Business Resumption Plan (BRP), 20 May 20
D. 3555-1600-1 (OM/RDIMS 1074921) FRAG O 001 to CO FMF CB Tasking Order – FMF CAPE BRETON Limited Business Resumption Plan (BRP), 6 Jul 20
E. British Columbia COVID-19 Dashboard, accessed 10 Dec 20
F. Email, “Base Surgeon Update”, Dr. I. Kirby, LCdr to Unit/Command/HQ COs/COSs/DCOs, 9 Dec 20 (NOTAL)

Team,

At ref A, I directed that FMFCB assume our ‘3B Sustain’ posture in accordance with ref B from 30 Nov 20. I did so because, at that time, the number of new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island were growing, and I was determined to reduce the risk of transmission ahead of our busy maintenance period in January. Furthermore, we knew we were able to change posture quickly because of our inherent flexibility as a ‘strategic asset’ providing timely maintenance of the fleet dependent on prevailing circumstances.

At this time, the conditions on the island have changed again. From August through October, the data from ref E shows that the weekly average of new daily cases in the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) Region was between 0.6 and 2.3. This number climbed through November to 17.3 average daily new cases the week before I gave the direction at ref A, and 20.1 the week I released the direction. However, since then, numbers have been steadily declining in VIHA, with average daily new cases at 12.4 last week, and 10.1 for the data available thus far for this week. Furthermore, the Base Surgeon’s Medical Director noted at ref F that, though the Fraser Health Authority Region currently has the highest prevalence of COVID-19 in Canada, at 14%, the Victoria area had been at 0.2% prevalence, and in the last two weeks climbed to 0.9% before dropping back to 0.6% prevalence.

FMFCB has an opportunity to act on the flexibility that indeed makes us a strategic asset: we can (and will) react quickly to the low and decreasing risk of COVID-19 in the local area and revert to our ‘3A Surge’ posture in a timely manner based on local conditions.

The objective in reverting posture will be to keep up, as best as we can, with the significant work-load in support of RCN readiness requirements now through January, and to reduce the continued growth of the maintenance debt in the fleet. We should have more than enough work to keep us busy – VAN is in a heavily-loaded work period, and CAL’s pre-deployment work period starts Monday, with a lot of late inject work due to defects encountered at sea and increasing risk of existing defects. In addition, we must attend to REG’s DGs. We must also take the opportunity to get ahead on maintenance in VIC and WIN where possible, which both start work periods 4 Jan 21.

With this last surge of effort before the holiday season leave period, we will have best positioned the Navy for the New Year and demonstrated that we are and always will be a flexible strategic asset for the Government of Canada.

As such, I direct the following:

  • FMFCB will revert to the ‘3A Surge’ posture iaw ref B on 14 Dec 20, thus standing down the ‘red/green team’ posture and instead bringing back all personnel who contribute to onsite work; but
  • This does not mean that any leave will be cancelled, though managers and supervisors may be required to manage their teams to ensure continued work on a few ‘critical path’ jobs.

Thank you again for your continued work and flexibility in changing circumstances – while this ensures that we can best meet short-term objectives, it also demonstrates how indispensable FMFCB to the RCN.

MD

Capt(N) / Capv M. Drews

––––

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE VERSION HERE]

–––– 

National and Provincial Resources:

Federal Websites:

Provincial Websites:

––––

COVID-19 Cyber Hygiene:

DND/CAF users are asked to exercise caution in handling any email that is COVID-19-related. This includes subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks. Users are also advised to be cognizant of potential social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19. The following precautions are highly recommended:

  • Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments.
  • Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Scams.
  • Use trusted sources such as legitimate, government websites for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
  • Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations.

––––

Social Media:

Local:

National:

  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer
    Twitter: @CPHO_Canada

––––

Family Mental Health Support:

Support Resources: