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Government of Canada supports improved first responder information sharing across Canada

July 14, 2015 -

New federal investments to provide support for tools and knowledge to better support interoperability among police, fire, and paramedic services.

Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds – Grenville, on behalf of Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, today announced an innovative new project to support first responder interoperability. The project was announced as part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

Led by the City of Kingston, the project aims to enhance interoperability and data sharing for municipal police, fire, and paramedic services, in and around Brockville, Kingston and Belleville, Ontario, through the use of a centralized, interconnected computer-aided-dispatch hub for all partners. The results and lessons learned from the project will provide valuable knowledge in support of efforts to improve interoperability between first responder organizations across Canada.  

Quick Facts

  • The CSSP's third Call for Proposals will see approximately $12 million invested in innovative projects across Canada. Since 2013, the CSSP has invested approximately $47 million to fund innovative projects to enhance the public safety and security of Canadians.
  • The CSSP is led by Defence Research and Development Canada (an agency of the Department of National Defence), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
  • The CSSP's mission is to strengthen Canada's ability to anticipate, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from terrorist acts, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents.
  • CSSP projects bring together experts from the fields of science, technology, public safety and security in non-government organizations, industry, government, and academia — nationally and internationally — to develop and improve knowledge and tools to better safeguard Canada.

Quotes

"We all know how important it is for our police, fire and paramedics services to be able to share information, especially when coordinating response efforts and making important decisions to save lives and deal with emergencies. I'm proud that the Government of Canada is contributing to enhanced interoperability for Canada's local first responders."

Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds – Grenville

"Our Government is working with first responders to protect Canadians by supporting research into issues related to our safety and security. The Canadian Safety and Security Program fosters innovative science and technology solutions that will reduce the risk and impacts of emergencies."

Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"This project is about interoperability and real time communications and data to enhance multiple emergency services coordination when dealing with emergencies in our region. Thanks to support from the federal government and the generous cooperation of all the participating services and municipalities, I'm proud to say that this initiative will help establish a new standard of interoperability in multiple discipline emergency response."

Rhéaume Chaput, Fire Chief of the Kingston Fire Service

Associated Links

Launch of third CSSP Call for Proposals Announcement http://www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/en/dynamic-article.page?doc=government-of-canada-announces-2014-call-for-proposals-bid-submission-period-for-science-and-technology-investments/hzvlqn6j

Information on the Canadian Safety and Security Program

http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=5B5BE154-1

Backgrounder

Government of Canada Invests in Canada's Safety and Security

A science and technology project to be funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

14 July 2015

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), in partnership with Public Safety Canada, will support an innovative project to develop enhanced tools and knowledge sharing for first responder interoperability capabilities. This project is of the overall investment of approximately $12 million in 24 projects under the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

Investing to Achieve Strategic Objectives CSSP funding supports projects and activities that respond to Canadian public safety and security priorities, and also addresses capability gaps. These gaps are identified in consultation with science and technology (S&T) experts, and safety and security communities of practice, representing policy, operational and intelligence experts.

Ultimately, the goal of the program's investments is to ensure that Canadians and their institutions have a greater resilience to global and domestic public safety and security threats. These efforts are guided by a set of long-term outcomes:

  • Canada's economic vibrancy and sovereign integrity is maintained through resilient critical infrastructure and the efficient flow of people, goods, and services across its borders and ports of entry;
  • A robust, connected and multi-jurisdictional security/intelligence and national emergency management system is in place to provide an effective full-spectrum preventive, protective, responsive and adaptive capability of people, responders and systems from all hazards; and,
  • The public is confident that public security threats are being identified, assessed and addressed in a way that keeps pace with the evolving natures of threats, reflects Canadian values, and maintains the integrity of both the criminal justice and national security systems.

About the Project

The City of Kingston will lead a pilot project that will enhance interoperability and data sharing for municipal police, fire and paramedic services in and around Brockville, Kingston and Belleville, Ontario by creating a centralized, interconnected computer-aided-dispatch hub for all partners. 

Partners: Addington Highlands Fire Department; Belleville Fire Department; Belleville Police Service; Brockville Fire Department; Brockville Police Service; Central Frontenac Township Fire Department; County of Frontenac; Gananoque Police Service; Greater Napanee Fire Service; Leeds and Thousand Islands Fire Service; Loyalist Township Emergency Services; North Frontenac Fire Department; South Frontenac Fire & Rescue; and Stone Mills Fire Department.

The specific funding amount for this project will be formalized following the successful completion of negotiations between project proponents and the Government of Canada.

About the CSSP

Established in 2012, the CSSP invests in science and technology (S&T) projects that strengthen Canada's ability to anticipate, prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism. This is achieved through the convergence of S&T with policy, operations and intelligence.

The CSSP is led by DRDC's Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), in partnership with Public Safety Canada, and supports academic, first responders, federal, provincial or municipal government-led projects in collaboration with response and emergency management organizations, non-governmental agencies, industry and academia.

About DRDC

DRDC is the national leader in defence and security S&T. As an agency of Canada's Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and security communities with the knowledge and technology advantage needed to defend and protect Canada's interests at home and abroad.

About Public Safety Canada

Public Safety's mandate is to keep Canadians safe from a range of risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism. Public Safety works with all levels of government, first responders, community groups, the private sector, non-government organizations and other nations on national security, border strategies, countering crime, emergency management and other safety and security initiatives.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Contacts

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Department of National Defence Media Relations Office
1-866-377-0811
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For more information, please visit www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca and www.science.gc.ca/cssp

Public Safety Canada – Media Relations
613-991-0657
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For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Cindie Ashton, media relations officer
City of Kingston
613-546-4291, ext. 3116 or City of Kingston communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.