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  • May 9, 2016

    ISR is awarded DRDC CORA contract

    Mike McCall, CEO of ISR is pleased to announce that ISR was awarded a contract to provide operational research and analysis support services to Canada’s DRDC Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA). Under this contract, the ISR team will assist CORA scientists by providing expert advice to the Canadian Armed Forces and DND on key issues of strategy and policy, force development, force generation and employment and security sciences.
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  • May 3, 2016

    ISR helps make history during CAUSE IV

    ISR has returned from organizing and coordinating a busy week of activities surrounding the Canada - US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE) IV in Sarnia, ON and Port Huron, MI. There were many firsts for the emergency management community on both sides of the border. On the Canadian-led vignette, a continuous video feed was maintained over the public safety broadband network from a moving ambulance crossing the border. This allowed paramedics, dispatch and physicians to maintain communications while across the border, which is not currently possible. The US-led vignette integrated the use of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and the National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAADS) to allow for cross-border sharing of planning, reporting and response data and information.
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  • March 16, 2016

    ISR returns from a successful Exercise Vulcan

    International Safety Research (ISR) has returned from running a successful weekend of training sessions and exercises that focused on improving firefighter awareness in dealing with rail emergencies involving the transport of Class 3 flammable liquids. This exercise, Exercise Vulcan, involved over 40 firefighters from the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) in British Columbia (BC) and surrounding regions as well as international experts in the fields of rail shipping, crude oil and emergency response. This two day event included a day of classroom and field training and a day of hands on exercise simulations involving an elaborate derailment prop provided by the host of the exercise, the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).
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  • January 27, 2016

    ISR welcomes back Jeff Lafortune as the GM of the Middle East Branch

    Dr. Jeff Lafortune, a founding partner of ISR, has completed his three year posting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will return to ISR as the General Manager of the Middle East Branch. Jeff will now be focused on growing the ISR market in the rapidly expanding nuclear industry in the Middle East. Jeff will begin back at ISR in April 2016.
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  • December 16, 2015

    ISR Conducts Radiological / Nuclear Human Monitoring TTX with Health Canada

    On the 5th of November, ISR conducted a tabletop exercise (TTX) on behalf of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science and Health Canada’s Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate. This TTX focused on the capacity to monitor humans for exposure to radiation following both a major nuclear disaster and a non-nuclear radiation contamination event.
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Featured Projects

2016
Mar

Exercise Vulcan Full-scale Emergency Response Exercise

Exercise Vulcan Full-scale Emergency Response Exercise

International Safety Research (ISR) coordinated the planning, development, design and delivery of Exercise Vulcan, a two day full-scale exercise (FSX) and training session conducted in March, 2016 at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Maple Ridge Campus. Led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) and Transport Canada (TC), this training and exercise program was developed in response to a recommendation made by the TC Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) following the catastrophic derailment that occurred in Lac-Mégantic, QC in July 2013. Exercise Vulcan was designed to identify the current capability in responding to Class 3 flammable liquids derailments as well as to inform the development of a national standard for awareness-level training to respond to such incidents. The training’s aim was to raise the level of awareness of volunteer firefighters of the complexities and dangers in responding to train derailments involving flammable liquids, primarily crude oil.

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2015
Nov

Intrepid 2015 Full Scale Nuclear Emergency Response Exercise

Intrepid 2015 Full Scale Nuclear Emergency Response Exercise

Held in November 2015, Exercise Intrepid 2015 was a two day exercise which involved a simulated incident at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. This exercise is a result of NB Power's commitment to safety through the validation of all plans and procedures. The exercise was designed to challenge 30 organizations and with more than 1500 players involved, this marked the largest full scale nuclear exercise the province had ever seen. For more than one year, ISR, coordinated the planning, development, and design of the exercise. The Exercise Design Team was dedicated to the development of a realistic and challenging scenario that would ensure organizations at every level of response would achieve their exercise objectives and successfully test their respective emergency response plan.

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Jul

Survey of Radon Gas Levels in DND Buildings

Survey of Radon Gas Levels in DND Buildings

As a part of this project, International Safety Research (ISR) was retained by the Director General of Nuclear Safety to provide project scoping, management, control, administrative support, and technical services for the development and execution of a nation-wide radon survey. The purpose of the Radon Survey is to take measurements of radon concentrations and determine the required remediation in all DND/CF owned buildings and private residences in Canada.

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Jun

Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events

Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events

ISR led the R&D project, Early Triage for Radiological and Nuclear Events (ETRNE), that was based on the concept that in any radiological/nuclear (RN) event involving the release of radioactive material, it is vitally important to determine whether or not casualties have been internally contaminated. This project, funded by the Centre for Security Science (CSS), developed a protocol, through modeling, scientific testing and experimentation, that allows responders and receivers to use their existing hand-held radiation detectors to rapidly screen casualties of an RN event for internal contamination. Detector specific protocols were developed based on screening criteria calculated from Monte Carlo N Particle (MCNP) transport code simulations and laboratory experiment that considered the biokinetics of internal contamination.

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Apr

CAPEX 2015 Exercise “Northern Lights”

CAPEX 2015 Exercise “Northern Lights”

Beginning in January 2014, International Safety Research (ISR) started working with Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Sciences (DRDC CSS) and partners to develop CAPEX 2015 Exercise “Northern Lights”. This exercise is a capability exercise (CAPEX) that occurs every two years and involves national level response teams comprised of law enforcement and military specialists from Canada, the US, the UK and Australia. CAPEX allowed these teams to practice their response to complex scenarios involving chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats (CBRNE). Northern Lights took place at the end of April 2015 at the RCMP's Technical Protective Operations Facility near Ottawa. ISR coordinated the design of the multi-day exercise, facilitated its execution and prepared the scientific after action review report for the international community.

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Apr

Re-zoning of Radiological Zones at a Nuclear Power Plant

Re-zoning of Radiological Zones at a Nuclear Power Plant

Following the permanent shutdown of a nuclear power plant, ISR was contracted to develop the process to re-zone portions of the plant site to reduce the radiation protection requirements, operational costs, and the number of control zones. ISR created plans to identify the re-zoning locations and characterized each location based on its radiological risk. Detailed re-zoning plans were then prepared and an in-field radiation survey protocol was developed that was compliant with regulatory requirements and international best practices, such as the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM).

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International Safety Research Europe BV (ISRE) provides services in the Netherlands and throughout Europe in the technological areas of crisis management, emergency preparedness and response, safety and (information) security management systems, and CBRNE counter-terrorism response. ISRE helps organizations identify, develop, implement and test the tools and knowledge needed to effectively deal with small and large-scale safety and (information) security management programs. ISRE is located in The Hague (Voorburg) and its clients include several government organizations and stakeholders in the public sector.

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