(in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
Revised resource road radio channel standard protocols have been introduced to BC in the last few years. The objectives have been to standardize and simplify a provincially consistent approach to radio communications in order to improve safety of travel on resource roads.
Most of the province has initiated and implemented new resource road radio communication protocols which consist of simplified and consistent procedures, standardized signage, standardized radio call protocols (including use of “up/down”), and establishing a standard bank of resource road radio (RR) channels.
The introduction of standardized resource road radio protocols has been a collaborative effort including: the FLNRO, ISED (formerly Industry Canada), FPInnovations, WorkSafeBC, BCFSC, forest and resource industry sectors, and other stakeholders.
The standard bank of RR channels has been assigned to FLNRO by ISED, to be managed and administered in conjunction with ISED. FLNRO will be responsible for operational administration, tracking and application of channel assignments in the field.
Things to bring to your attention: Use the Resource Road radio channels or radio frequencies that are posted in the field. Do not solely rely on channel maps. What is posted in the field will govern over any map. Those using mobile radios for communicating on resource roads must call according to posted channels/frequencies and protocols.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do the new resource road radio (RR) channels affect private radio channels ownership and use?
A: The new RR channels do not impact private channel ownership & use. However, radio channel or frequency use must reflect that posted on the road being used or area being accessed.
Are there channels available for use in addition to the RR channels?
A: Yes, LAD channels can be used as an addition to existing RR loading channels when radio congestion is an issue.
Is the use of old channel/frequencies (i.e. legacy channels/frequencies Appendix 6) allowed?
A: Yes, the use of existing/legacy road radio channels/frequencies should be used where signage indicates. As the transition of the roads within the province to the RR channels will take significant effort & time, the ongoing use of traditional channels/frequencies is anticipated to decrease.
Can an RR channel assigned to a road be changed?
A: Yes. There is a procedure in place which details the required process to change/assign a temporary RR channel. Link: Channel Change Procedure
Additional information and maps on the initiative can be found at: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hth/engineering/Road_Radio_Project.htm
MFLNRO District Engineer within your area via Service BC 1-800-663-7867 or the BC Forest Safety Council’s Transportation Safety Program 1-877-741-1060.