All Brewster motor coaches are equipped with a 2-way radio system so that they are in constant communication with our dispatchers. This is especially important for operators who travel deep in the Canadian Rockies where cellular service is not always available. To accomplish this Brewster maintains 'base stations' at Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper & Calgary and 'repeater stations' at the Columbia Icefield and False Nicklaus Mountain. Through this unique arrangement we are able at all times to communicate with emergency services should they be required.
Along with our ability to be in constant communication with our motor coaches, each coach has a first aid kit as regulated by the Alberta Traffic Safety Act under the Commercial Bus Inspection, Equipment and Safety Regulation 428/91. In addition to the above, Brewster has enhanced its onboard safety equipment with First Aid blankets and pillows, as well as a CPR respirator.
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most spectacular mountain roadways in the world. This stretch of 230 km (142 mi) highway is one of the icons of the Canadian Rockies but can be isolated for any emergency situations. At Brewster's Columbia Icefield operation we have extensive first aid equipment available, including an automated external defibrillator (A.E.D.). The defibrillator has been successfully used at local ski areas, and at the Columbia Icefield to resuscitate cardiac arrest victims.
In addition to the enhancements that we have made with the above equipment, all motor coaches have been designed with safety features such as: a reinforced structure, courtesy lighting with overhead handrails, emergency exit windows, fire extinguishers and an ABS all-disc break system, just to name a few. Our drivers are trained in the operation of these systems as well as first aid practices.
Brewster's Safety Committee is made up of drivers, mechanics and managers who proactively deal with equipment safety issues, updating the emergency procedure manual, monitoring vehicle maintenance records, licensing and certification.