CALGARY, ALBERTA - The CACP and Motorola Solutions recognize excellence in emergency preparedness
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August 11, 2019
The CACP and Motorola Solutions recognize excellence in emergency preparedness
CALGARY, ALBERTA – During the Opening Ceremonies of the 114th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), two awards recognizing a standard of excellence that exemplifies the combined efforts of police, fire, and paramedic services in preparing their agencies for a response to natural or human-caused disasters were presented to most deserving recipients.
We are pleased to announce that the Interoperability in Incident Command and Rescue Task Force was selected for the CACP-Motorola Solutions Award for an Emergency Preparedness Program.
The four emergency services in Calgary — the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Emergency Medical Services, and Calgary 911 — designed and implemented an integrated training program to support interoperability between front-line incident commanders and supervisors.
From left to right: Superintendent Mark Podgers (Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Co-chair of the Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee), Wayne Fasek (Motorola Solutions Canada), Dan Heyde (Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services), Barbara Leeflang (Calgary 911), Robin Lowen (Calgary Fire Department), Sergeant Katherine Severson (Calgary Police Service), Staff Sergeant Sheldon Scott (Calgary Police Service), Staff Superintendent Donald Campbell (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Co-chair of the Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee)
The goal of the project was to improve planning and response as well as address barriers to integrating into a single incident management structure or unified command, barriers such as differences in operational practices, radio channels, dispatch systems, jurisdictions, rank, executive management, reporting and political structures.
The Interoperability in Incident Command Program currently consists of the following components: a signed strategic plan, a governance model to steer training development, joint training and exercising, as well as unified tactical policy and standard operating procedures on Rescue Task Force.
Awarded the CACP-Motorola Solutions Award for an Emergency Preparedness Exercise was the Diapason 2 initiative, a full-scale operation involving the simulation of an emergency response to a pipeline incident in the Saint-Eustache region of Quebec.
From left to right: Superintendent Mark Podgers (Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Co-chair of the Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee), Wayne Fasek (Motorola Solutions Canada), Directeur Thierry Vallières (Saint-Eustache Police Service), Directeur Charles de Rouville (Saint-Eustache Fire Department), Yves Roy (President, Commission on Public Safety), Staff Superintendent Donald Campbell (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Co-Chair of the Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee)
The goal of the project was to create or update protocols and action plans to ensure the quick, safe and efficient management of emergency situations. Existing processes and procedures were assessed through the creation of an emergency/disaster management site as well as an incident command centre.
In addition to the involvement of municipal, provincial and federal government agencies, Diapason 2 would, for the first time, involve the participation of a private sector company (Trans-Northern Pipeline) as well as the Sécurité civile du Québec.
The successful implementation of this emergency management exercise required the mobilisation and collaborative efforts of the municipal police service, fire department, disaster victim services, the 911 centre, communications, transportation, public works, procurement, engineering and the water department. The evaluation process led to the proposal of 22 recommendations, many of which were implemented to manage the massive floodings of 2019.
Quotes by the Co-Chairs of the Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee:
- Staff Superintendent Don Campbell (police): “When disaster strikes, the time to prepare has passed. These award recipients clearly demonstrate how emergency planning, preparedness and exercising before an emergency or disaster are crucial to ensuring that emergency responses are appropriate and successful in keeping communities as safe as possible.”
- Superintendent Mark Podgers (paramedics): “By acknowledging and sharing best practices among agencies, we hope to help others ‘expect the unexpected’ and, more importantly, to be prepared when these unforeseen situations arise. In our line of business, we always hope for the best but prepare for the worst. It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to acknowledge examples of our “best”! These award recipients are role models for all first responders, whether they work as firemen, police officers or paramedics.”
Quote by Mr. Wayne Fasek, General Manager in Western Canada for Motorola Solutions Canada: “Motorola Solutions commends the Calgary and Saint-Eustache emergency service teams for the innovative approaches they have taken to help keep their communities safe. Their proactive programs for emergency preparedness show the importance of interoperability, hands-on training and the development of procedures to quickly respond to large-scale events.”
For further information or to arrange a media interview, please contact:
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit
Calgary Police Service