Equipment Rentals

The Field Research Office (FRO) has communication devices (satellite phones and GPS text communicators - inReach devices), AEDs and back-country medical first aid kits available to borrow. Request your equipment online .

Rental fees as of January 1, 2023 (These charges are based on cost recovery only):

  • Satellite phones: $35 weekly plus usage ($1.59/minute).
  • GPS (inReach): $25 weekly (15,000 bytes per month) or $30 weekly (unlimited data).
  • First Aid Kit: $6 weekly, no restocking fee.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED): Free.

After you request the equipment, you will be asked to sign and agree to the terms of borrowing which will be emailed to you.

Daily Field Safety Log Books

Request your daily field safety log book to accompany your Field Activities Plan. 

Field Safety Equipment List

Start building your list of safety equipment for field work.

Tips on Field Equipment Insurance Claims

Items Under $5,000

  • Good practice for insurance claims is to keep an inventory list. You can group items together (e.g. 10 Coleman one-man tents at $100 each).
  • List food reserves taken. If an incident occurred where unconsumed food was lost, the amount of the claim would be prorated to the time you were already in the field.
  • On-road and off-road licensed vehicles do NOT need to be included in the inventory list as they must be registered with University of Alberta Vehicle Pool.

Items Over $5,000

  • Equipment over $5,000 must be tagged according to the Equipment and Furnishings Asset Management Policy .
  • If taking items in the field, notify designated department staff what the items are and how long you’ll be taking them.
  • If making an insurance claim, a 're-inventory' is completed and the difference from the original inventory would be the amount of the claim.
  • Losses under $5,000 are the Principal Investigator or department’s responsibility.
  • For losses over $5000, you must file an insurance claim.