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MISSION CRITICAL SERVICES
(2019,
issue 3a)
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With a support network spanning over 125 years and six continents, Babcock is a recognized leader in the delivery of engineering support ­solutions to design, build, manage, operate and maintain assets vital to the delivery of a wide assortment of mission critical services.

RADAR INNOVATIONS
(2019,
issue 3a)
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Canadian innovation leads to developing the world’s largest Polar Over The Horizon HF Radar system (P-OTHR).

Innovative HF technology is a major focus for D-TA, and they have been active in pioneering 100% Canadian, 21st century solutions. For example, when the Polar Over-The-Horizon Radar is installed in the Arctic, it will be the world’s largest HF radar. This highly advanced system consists of 1024 receive and 256 transmit channels – all operating in synchronism, creating many narrow beams to enhance detection, probability, and clutter mitigation.  

HYBRID CAPACITORS
(2019,
issue 3a)
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Evans Capacitor Company designs and manufactures high energy density capacitors for demanding applications that require the highest levels of quality. Its capacitor products are considered the most advanced and power dense capacitors in the industry and are routinely specified for defense, aerospace, and energy exploration applications where quality, high reliability and SWaP (space, weight, and power) savings are critical design considerations.

SIMULATION ADVANCEMENTS
(2019,
issue 3a)
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Knowing that a serious event can result in the loss of millions of dollar in assets, it’s no wonder that planning and strategizing for disaster recovery and resumption of operations (a.k.a. business continuity), are of crucial importance for any organization – and when it comes to the military, failure at any level can result in far graver consequences.

12th ANNUAL STUDENT UAS COMPETITION
(2019,
issue 3a)
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For the past 12 years, Unmanned Systems Canada has been running an annual competition designed to promote and develop Canadian expertise and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. Safety considerations are important factors in this competition (as in any other vehicle design project).

Registration closes on 8 November 2019.

A FRONTLINE REPORT
(2019,
issue 3)
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FrontLine has established an Innovation Platform (FLIP) to alert readers to organizations that take their innovative priorities ­seriously.

For this edition of Top Global Innovators, we have gathered a select group of ­interesting and innovative advancements. From advanced materials to cutting-edge technologies and imaginative research, you will no doubt hear more from these companies in the future. Contact us today for ­inclusion in our Fall 2020 edition.

(2019,
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PRESS RELEASE

IXTROM launches IXVMS training and simulation solution to help military leaders maximize mission success before boots touch the ground

Magog, Quebec (12 February 2019) - IXTROM, a leader in situational awareness and information management systems, has launched IXVMS (Intelligent Visualization, Modeling and Simulation) collective training management and awareness system, a game-changing, next-generation training and simulation solution that prepares soldiers for the challenges of modern warfare.

(2019,
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Technology and Innovation

After two decades of informal collaboration, two industry leaders have now formally partnered to deliver an integrated solution for public safety control rooms in the UK.

The partnership between Hexagon and Frequentis allows emergency services to deploy a proven, best-of-breed solution at the heart of their critical control room ecosystem, which promotes innovation and constant evolution, while avoiding supplier lock-in.

(2019,
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(2019,
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On 1 Aug 2019, Airbus announced that Dwayne Charette has been appointed President of Airbus Helicopters Canada Limited, in addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer. He succeeds Romain Trapp, who has assumed the role of President of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Head of the North America Region for helicopters.

(2018,
issue 4)
BY CASEY BRUNELLE [field_writer2]
A Force Multiplier for Public Safety

The realities of modern frontline policing – from increasingly broad and demanding operational mandates and changing environmental constraints, to the constant pressure of real-time public scrutiny – have never been more challenging.

(2018,
issue 1)
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“So, would you mind if we pinged your mobile?” he asked. I had no idea what my German colleague was talking about, so my off-hand reply was “fill your boots, ping away!” The next morning, however, I received a call from Berlin, telling me they had indeed pinged me, and pinpointed me just outside Russell, Ontario – where I live.

(2018,
issue 1)
BY J. PAUL de B. TAILLON [field_writer2]
The Consequences of Cyber Penetration

Advertising bombards us with all the ways in which we can make our lives more convenient by using our one “smart” device to network our entire lifestyle. We can lock our front door while sitting in a different country, turn our lights on or off, all banking is electronic, few people carry currency any more, and our work is dependent on using the Internet, wifi and power. If there was no more power or cyber connectivity, this entire infrastructure would collapse, with no backup to restore life as we know it today.

(2018,
issue 1)
BY CASEY BRUNELLE [field_writer2]

Traditional crime prevention and response have long been seen as community-oriented public safety measures. Today, the implications of social media and instantaneous reporting of officers’ actions, in some cases throughout the world, before formal inquiries can even begin, has led to a greater appreciation of the value of simulated training.

(2018,
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Business growth and customer satisfaction prompts TOA Canada Corporation in relocating to a newly custom-built facility in west Mississauga by August 20, 2018.

The new edifice will greatly benefit TOA customers by carrying a larger inventory for quicker sales turnaround, and an exciting new state of the art; acoustically treated demonstration room, to truly validate TOA’s product performance.

(2018,
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Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced it has been awarded a contract to develop upgraded Deployable Flight Incident Recorder Set (DFIRS) technology for new and in-service F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. The contract, awarded by The Boeing Company, will be executed by Leonardo DRS’ subsidiary, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd., in Kanata, Ontario.

(2018,
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Public Service Announcement
 
Field Ambulance Training until Nov 9 , 2018
 
The public should be advised that Petawawa soldiers from 2 Field Ambulance will be conducting military medical between Borden and Deep River, Ontario, until November 9, 2018.
 
The unit will be travelling to and training at CFB Borden on Nov 1st, Toronto from 2-5 Nov and Deep River from 7-8 Nov.  

(2018,
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Lockheed Martin's recently-launched AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge is officially live and ready to formally accept applications (from both United States and global sources). The application process runs until 28 February 2019.

The competition challenges teams to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will enable an autonomous drone to win a race against a pilot-operated drone. Participating teams will compete in a series of challenges for their share of over $2 million (USD) in prizes.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Competition
(2017,
issue 3)
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It is not uncommon for university students to have a run-in with the police, however, these students will be running with the police – using their best technology to fly their UAVs in support of a crime scene investigation. The 10th Unmanned Systems Canada Student UAS Competition attracted 14 university teams from across Canada to participate in the annual challenge that will take place in May 2018.

(2017,
issue 2)
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New algorithms improve reliability

(2017,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY HAMID KARIMI

A Cause for Insomnia

Imagine you are on a hospital bed attached to devices and sensors that a malintent individual across the world can digitally find and manipulate. This is a nightmare scenario. By some accounts, a typical intensive care bed has more than a dozen sensors, most of which are network connected, and at least few of them are connected to the Internet. 

(2017,
issue 1)
BY JONATHAN CALOF [field_writer2]
A new approach for addressing complex projects and procurements

At FrontLine, we search out new ideas and concepts that could help enhance safety and security.

(2017,
issue 1)
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Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), is often described as the foundation on which every crisis response depends. Importantly, such data allows commanders to identify and interpret mission-critical factors that influence the operational environment so they can effectively plan a response and assign their resources for optimal success. In today’s ever-evolving threat continuum, innovation in this area can provide responders with the added leverage necessary to achieve the end goal.

(2017,
issue 1)
BY KEN CHADDER [field_writer2]

Command and Control Capability for Public Safety

(2017,
issue 1)
BY NICOLA DAVIES [field_writer2]

Some startling research findings were presented at the recent 2017 British Psychological Society’s Occupational Psychology Conference. For Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) were singled out as having one of the most stressful and high-risk vocations. Dr. Nicola Davies spoke to Geoff Trickey, Chartered Psychologist and MD of Psychological Consultancy Limited, about his ATC research and how personality Risk Types affect performance.

(2017,
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The government’s decision to award a $2.8-billion contract to Airbus Defence & Space for 16 new C295W fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft (FWSAR) for the Royal Canadian Air Force is being challenged in Federal Court by Team Spartan, the group of companies which had offered the C-27J Spartan.

(2017,
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People living in countries where the Internet is censored will be able to use a new tool to access websites their governments restrict.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology called Slitheen — after aliens on Doctor Who that disguise themselves as humans to evade detection.

(2017,
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Leonardo DRS, for the third time,  has been awarded the  Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence.  The award is the highest U.S. honor given to the defense industry for protecting classified information and technology through a culture of compliance with government security regulations and partnership with DoD intelligence services.

Leonardo DRS received the 2016 award for developing new techniques to identify malicious communications and subsequently, training other defense contractors on how to implement countermeasures.

(2017,
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EPISECC, a new collaborative project funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, will enhance European public safety with research into innovative information technology.

In Italy, at the Civil Protection Center in Palmanova, the research project EPISECC demonstrated innovative information technology to enable interoperability between public safety agencies.  The electronic information exchange between these stakeholders will aide them in response to large disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, forest fires, technical incidents, or terrorist attacks.

(2017,
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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are sending approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. This follows an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP.

(2017,
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In a new policy update written for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Hugh Segal, former Senator, Master of Massey College, CGAI Fellow, and senior advisor at Aird & Berlis LLP, outlines recommendations for Canada and Canadians to stay ahead of a rapidly changing security threat.

(2017,
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For residents of Canada’s Northern territories, marine transportation is an essential lifeline. Ships bring food and other important goods and represent critical jobs and employment.

(2017,
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​Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure and Frequentis have been selected to supply mission-critical technologies for the “ELKOS Austria” project, a nationwide, unified command and communication system. The companies will also support the refurbishment of the current control and command system at the warning centre in Lower Austria.

(2017,
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The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft.

The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions.

(2017,
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Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with German operator Global Helicopter Service (GHS), making them the launch customer for the company’s new FlyScan service, software that helps customers to analyse and manage the Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data from their helicopter fleet activities.

(2017,
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Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea's National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters.

The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country's primary provider of firefighting and rescue services to six helicopters by end 2019.

(2016,
issue 4)
BY JONATHAN CALOF [field_writer2]

In one of my early columns, I made the point in that FrontLine needs to look at keeping the general population safe and secure more broadly than we had in the past. Food safety, for example, is important and not just from the perspective of bio-terrorism threats. The animal connection to safety and security was addressed in a prior issue. Manufacturers of safety and security equipment also play an important role through their equipment research and development. Future issues of FrontLine will look at aviation safety and more.

(2016,
issue 4)
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OFFICER TRAINING

(2016,
issue 4)
BY JONATHAN CALOF [field_writer2]

Police analytics can be extremely valuable in the fight against terrorism and crime. By identifying which events are most likely to escalate, predictive techniques can both improve prevention capability and control costs by deploying officers before escalation and where they are needed most.

(2016,
issue 4)
BY JONATHAN CALOF [field_writer2]

Police analytics has been gaining more and more attention (which means FrontLine readers will see more on this topic in future editions). When the Ottawa Police Services began looking into it, they identified some 150 police analytics centers in the United States alone.

(2016,
issue 4)
[field_writer2] BY FRONTLINE STAFF

Closing the Public Safety and Security Technology Gap

(2016,
issue 4)
BY GREG FYFFE [field_writer2]

The Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) recently held a Symposium entitled “The Cyber Challenge.” Although the speakers focused on the national and international, and non-criminal aspects of the threat, the implications for those on the front lines of public safety are unmistakable.

(2016,
issue 3)
BY JONATHAN CALOF [field_writer2]

Providing information that will help our frontline responders keep us safer and more secure is the overriding objective of FrontLine Safety and Security. To this end, I am always on the lookout for ideas, research, and other materials that can be presented to our readers. In our Winter edition of the magazine, we will be focusing on police analytics.

(2016,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY SCOTT LINDLEY

Most security people are not aware that one of the leading gateways for hackers to attack their cyber systems is through their own physical security systems, especially their wired cameras or contactless card access control systems. Let’s look at the latter.

(2016,
issue 3)
BY NICOLA DAVIES [field_writer2]

Are innovations making cities safer as they get smarter? At a recent conference entitled Smart Cities: Shaping the Future, held in the United Kingdom, experts from all over the world shared their stories of how technology is being applied in their cities to create a safer environment.

(2016,
issue 3)
BY NICOLA DAVIES [field_writer2]

Disaster response requires managing recovery operations aimed at reducing the impacts of disasters. A disaster site might contain several lingering threats, including dangerous chemicals, toxic materials, precarious rubble, human remains, and may still be in the throes of extreme conditions such as wildfires, floods, hurricanes, sink-holes, tornadoes, and winter storms.

(2016,
issue 2)
BY KEVIN HAMPSON [field_writer2]

The world’s total forest area is just over 4 billion hectares, which corresponds to an average of 0.6 ha per capita (31% of the Earth’s total land mass), according to a 2010 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

(2016,
issue 2)
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The world’s total forest area is just over 4 billion hectares, which corresponds to an average of 0.6 ha per capita (31% of the Earth’s total land mass), according to a 2010 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

(2016,
issue 2)
BY WARREN TKACHUK [field_writer2]

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, in its 2007 Fire Prevention in Aboriginal Communities report: “Fire incidence rates for First Nations are 2.4 times higher than for the rest of Canada. First Nations residents are also 10 times more likely to die in a house fire. The victims are often young children.”

(2016,
issue 1)
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There is a war going on in South Africa. It doesn’t, for the most part, involve armies or large battles, but it is a tough, dirty and vicious war nonetheless. Special forces, intelligence gathering, air operations, dog teams, covert surveillance, crime scene management, and many other experts are involved in this war, and at the forefront are the rangers of the national and private parks and the hunting and game reserves.

(2016,
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Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on the H225 helicopter, it will also be implemented on the H175 (end 2016) and on the H160.
 

(2016,
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Securetech, the public safety, emergency management and security trade show and conference organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), has been cancelled for 2016.

"After extensive consultations with our members, we have decided that, at the present time, our annual security conference and trade show, Securetech, is not meeting the needs and demands of the industry and will not be held in its current form in 2016," said CADSI President Christyn Cianfarani.

(2016,
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The Government of Canada has launched its public consultation to engage with Canadians on the evolving cyber security landscape.

Until mid-October this year, the Government of Canada will be engaging and consulting with Canadians about the trends and challenges of cyber security. Topics will include the evolution of the cyber threat, the increasing economic significance of cyber security, the expanding frontiers of cyber security, and Canada’s way forward on cyber security.

(2016,
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Airbus Defence and Space is designing and building a new constellation of optical satellites, comprising four identical and very agile sensors delivering very high-resolution imagery. The highly responsive dual VHR constellation will offer state-of-the art service to the Airbus Defence and Space imagery user’s community for the next decade.

(2016,
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General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada has officially launched four new public safety and security solutions that provide first responders around the world with integrated mission-critical communications systems that will help save lives.

Built on the company’s SHIELD Ecosystem, these turn-key, fully integrated solutions provide interoperable fixed and mobile digital communications to ensure the right information is available at the right time.

(2015,
issue 3)
BY RICHARD BRAY [field_writer2]

For instance, during some winter test flights near Quebec City, Dr. George Leblanc and his team discovered a new and unexpected ability to get important data from recently disturbed snow. 

(2015,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY FRONTLINE STAFF

Securetech 2015, the public safety, emergency management and security trade show and conference organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), is moving to Ottawa’s EY Centre, home to the Association’s highly successful annual CANSEC defence trade show. 

An interview with Christyn Cianfarani
(2015,
issue 3)
BY BRIAN BERUBE [field_writer2]

Q: What new and interesting things can we expect at this year’s conference/showcase?

Public Safety Communications & Training
(2015,
issue 2)
BY MIKE GREENLEY [field_writer2]

Public safety, in most western nations, is a multi-agency challenge. Police, fire, paramedic, specialty rescue as well as specialty hazard units exist in various configurations at the municipal, provincial or state, and federal levels.

(2015,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] TECHNOLOGY PROFILE

It’s all over the news. Riots in the streets and increased tensions with police shootings. Debates about use-of-force are in the limelight, and law enforcement departments are being scrutinized for how they train officers for such scenarios. The limited availability of range time, the expense of range facility maintenance, the cost of live ammunition, and a technological evolution in training options have forced agencies to admit that simulated training has become as a more practical and cost-effective option.

(2015,
issue 1)
BY KEVIN HAMPSON [field_writer2]

When four Alberta Mounties were gunned down on a farm just outside the small town of Mayerthorpe in March 2005, it sent shock waves through the RCMP. A fatalities inquiry in 2011 concluded that there was no way such an event could have been foreseen. A decade later, however, some observers say the RCMP still haven’t learned the lessons of Mayerthorpe – even after the similar tragedy in Moncton in June of 2014. These two tragic incidents have become intertwined, both indicative of the inertia that exists when it comes to making changes within the RCMP.

RCMP members at risk
(2015,
issue 1)
BY CASEY BRUNELLE [field_writer2]

Right on the heels of the Independent Review into the Moncton Shooting, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) suffered another violent gun attack on their stretched line of ­operational officers – this time near ­Edmonton – killing Const. David Wynn, and seriously injuring an unarmed Auxiliary officer.

(2015,
issue 1)
BY K. JOSEPH SPEARS [field_writer2]

The so-called “hard” landing  of an Air Canada A320 Airbus on final approach to Runway 05 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), on March 28th, has called into question airport emergency response capabilities at the airport, and the larger issue of provision of navaids to strengthen international aviation safety.

(2015,
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(February 2009) The Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE) ranks the various Canadian Aerospace program areas, and makes strong recommendations to the Government of Canada. Included among them is a call to increase R&D funding in these areas.

(2014,
issue 3)
BY NICOLA DAVIES [field_writer2]

The mind is the most powerful tool we have at our disposal, and its abilities shouldn’t be taken for granted. Memories stored in our brain constitute a large part of who we are, and our long-term memory allows us to memorize not only facts, but also repetitive physical movements. This is known as muscle memory, or motor learning, a type of procedural memory that is developed by programming a specific motor task or movement into the brain’s memory through repetition.

(2014,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY CAMERON HEKE

Those of us who live in Western Canada appreciate the traditional spirit of community service that permeates life in the Prairie provinces. One good example is the Shock and Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) organization, a non-profit helicopter air ambulance service that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. The service’s physicians, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives.

(2014,
issue 2)
BY LANCE VALCOUR [field_writer2] and CHIEF JEFF BROOKS

Much activity and improvement in the realm of public safety communications interoperability have occurred since the horrific events of September 11th, 2001. One very promising area is that of wireless paramedicine, the ability to get paramedics, and the health community they support, the information they need when needed.

(2014,
issue 2)
BY CASEY BRUNELLE [field_writer2]

Protecting at home and abroad

The United States National Guard serves as a state-federal reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. Its 450,000 soldiers and airmen serve as “citizen soldiers” – deploying both overseas and domestically, while maintaining full-time civilian professions. With experience in a wide range of operational environments, from Afghanistan and Iraq to post-Hurricane Katrina disaster response, the National Guard has proven instrumental in achieving objectives set both by state and federal authorities.

Surveillance-to-Intelligence
(2014,
issue 2)
BY RICHARD BRAY [field_writer2]

Great progress has been made since 2007 when Frontline Security first reported on radar surveillance technology designed for use in the homeland by public safety organizations, whose responsibilities include border security, search and rescue, transportation security, and law enforcement.


Typical radar node.

(2014,
issue 2)
BY KEN POLE [field_writer2]

The current generation of simulator is a technological marvel – putting lone officers or groups into a selection of the hundreds of realistic, interactive, video-based scenarios created to confront a range of threats with a variety of resource options. Training systems can be packed into one travel case for delivery to remote locations, and set up in a matter of minutes for training or qualifying.

(2014,
issue 2)
BY RICHARD BRAY [field_writer2]

The soaring appeal of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is undeniable. Whether autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or remotely-piloted vehicles (RPVs) in fixed-wing or rotorcraft configurations, the technologies enable the public and private sectors to dramatically reduce costs. Their military value has been demonstrated in Afghanistan, and other public-sector uses such as law enforcement, forest fire surveys and environmental monitoring are proving equally effective.

(2014,
issue 1)
BY KEN POLE [field_writer2]

Questions are being asked – yet again – about the federal government’s procurement processes after it was confirmed that Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) of Mirabel, Quebec, has effectively been sole-sourced to supply one fleet of Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) light-lift helicopters, despite an ongoing lawsuit, and is likely to be awarded the ­contract to renew a second medium-lift CCG helicopter fleet.

(2014,
issue 1)
BY RICHARD BRAY [field_writer2]

The current generation of simulator is a technological marvel – putting lone officers or groups onto realistic firing ranges or into a selection of the hundreds of interactive, video-based scenarios to confront a range of threats with a variety of resource options. Training systems can be packed into one travel case for delivery to remote locations, and set it up in a matter of minutes for training or qualifying.

(2012,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY KEVIN WENNEKES

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Changing Culture in Changing Times
A fundamental culture shift is taking place among First Responders (police, fire, and emergency medical services personnel) as they seek to adopt and adapt the technology tools and applications that can affect all aspects of their ability to serve the communities they are sworn to protect.

(2012,
issue 1)
BY EDWARD R. MYERS [field_writer2]
(2012,
issue 1)
BY RICHARD BRAY [field_writer2]

Across the vast expanse of the Arctic coast, on Great Slave Lake and in the Mackenzie Delta, boaters in distress look to members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) for assistance. In the Northwest Territories, the all-volunteer CCGA has units in Aklavik, Inuvik, Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Resolution, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray. In Nunavut, the eastern Arctic, CCGA units are in Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet and Pangnirtung.

(2012,
issue 1)
BY TIM LYNCH [field_writer2]

At the January 2012 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sea Power Conference in Sydney, Admiral Maritime Datuk Mohd Amdan bin Kurish, Director General Malaysian ­Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), gave a presentation on Maritime Cooperation in the Malacca Strait. Describing the relationship between Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, Admiral Kurish stressed the need for: trust, information sharing and interoperability among the countries.

(2011,
issue 4)
[field_writer2] BY SGT STEPHEN SADLER

The morning view is always spectacular as I head out to my 4.5-ton Mercedes G-wagon (armoured vehicle) for the start of another work day. The area where I stand, a fairly flat plateau at 1250 metres above sea level, is surrounded by mountain peaks that are now covered in snow.


Sgt. Sadler mentors ANP officers on course.

(2011,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY LCol PAUL M. THOBO-CARLSEN

As the Canadian government’s largest employer – with a man- date for the Defence of Canada and possessing a wide array of high-technology equipment, weapons and sensitive information holdings – the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Forces (CF) are prime targets for espionage and other ­hostile activities from individuals, groups and organizations.

(2011,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY J. MICHAEL COLE

Canada Is A Target of Chinese Espionage

The scandal surrounding the flirtatious e-mails from MP Bob Dechert, a parliamentary secretary to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, to the Xinhua News Agency Toronto bureau chief appears to have awakened the Canadian public – and it is hoped, officials – to the risks of greater engagement with China. However...

(2011,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY JEAN LOUP Le ROUX

Canada and the United Kingdom both enforce similar export regulations through the Controlled Goods Directorate (CGD) and the Export Control Organisation (ECO). Domestic laws restricting exports are known as “Export Control” (EC). A broad range of commercial goods, including ­certain off-the-shelf valves, gauges, electronics, computers, optics, ­sensors, software, and other items of a seemingly commercial nature are EC-regulated. Many of these items do not have to be solely of U.S. origin to be subject to ITAR/EC.

(2011,
issue 2)
BY EDWARD R. MYERS [field_writer2]

Similar to most threats to our public safety and national security, port security involves fundamental principles for staying safe from either natural disruptions or actions by criminals and terrorists. Response, Recovery and Resilience are well known common principles upon which to structure the security of ports, build programs and develop systems to suit the ­specific environment.

(2011,
issue 2)
BY BLAIR WATSON [field_writer2]

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Canada, Australia and the U.S. are the top three nations in terms of protecting forests and grasslands from fire. Advanced technologies have improved the effectiveness of the annual “war,” however, wildfires still cause considerable destruction. According to the Winnipeg-based Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), there were 88,939 wildfires between 1999 and 2009 that caused destruction across almost 20 million hectares – an area equivalent to nearly one-fifth of Ontario.

(2011,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY NANCY BEARG

Our hearts go out to all these people, and we want to help. Often, we tweet $10 to the Red Cross or write a check to our favourite charity; this is valuable help and indicative of a community of caring coming together.


Red Cross volunteer out in New Jersey.

(2011,
issue 1)
BY EDWARD R. MYERS [field_writer2]

The face of public safety is changing because information and ­communications technologies are permitting First Responders to understand the environment facing them on a mission. For example, if firefighters or police had a complete picture of the event as they were about to respond, they would be better able to deal with the challenges once they arrive on scene. An EMS call could potentially save more lives, for instance, if the paramedics could send high resolution images of the injury to an attending but remote medical specialist.

James Arden Barnett
(2011,
issue 1)
BY EDWARD R. MYERS [field_writer2]

An interview with Rear Admiral (Ret) James Arden Barnett, Chief, Federal Communications Commission,U.S. Bureau of Public Safety and Homeland Security,discussing the 700MHz bandwidth situation in the USA.

(2011,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY CRAIG S. GALBRAITH and LOU KELLY

Can a local university make a significant difference in regional first responder and homeland security efforts? The answer is yes – if done right. Universities often have the reputation (sometimes deserved, sometimes not) of being intellectually and physically distant from the surrounding community, the classic “ivory tower” analogy. This is somewhat understandable since the historical dual-pronged mission of higher education institutions is to first, educate our post-secondary students, and second, contribute to the continuously expanding body of scholarly knowledge.

(2010,
issue 2)
BY YIAGADEESEN SAMY [field_writer2]

Terrorism financing is a global problem requiring effective and coordinated solutions at the national, regional and multilateral levels. Fighting it, however, is costly; and measuring success is challenging.

(2010,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY STEVEN MacLEAN

A year ago, Lieutenant Mike Parker, Unit Commander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) EBD Unit presented a seminar on Education-Based Discipline (EBD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The concept of education-based discipline challenged every notion of workplace discipline that had been ingrained in me during my 20 years in public safety and security.

(2010,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY CRAIG S. GALBRAITH and CHRISTY DIFELICE

The range of highly advanced technology available to first responders is truly astounding. From cognitive radios to real-time field draw screens, record fire perimeters and 3-D personal tracking devices, first responder agencies are inundated with technological choices. Many of these technologies are being developed as spin-outs from defense contracts and grants. Others are entrepreneurial inventions targeted directly toward the primary response market. But what really are the needs of first responders?

(2009,
issue 4)
BY FRAN HAWTHORNE [field_writer2]

With a syringe, Tostaine inflated a bulb at the end of the tube to open the trachea wider. Then he attached a valve mask – a sort of manual ventilator – and pumped it as Ken lay on the hospital stretcher. Ken’s chest visibly moved up and down.


SWAT Paramedic Training.

“That helped,” a voice said.

What? Was Ken able to talk already?

(2009,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY JENNIFER GIROUX

The 21st century has kicked off with a bang and opened the gates to an interconnected world where domestic and international borders are increasingly blurred. The last decade has witnessed the rise of transnational security threats posed by violent non-state actors, pandemics, climate change, ballooning economies, strains placed upon strategic, non-renewable energy resources, and significant technological advancements.

(2009,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY ROLAND HANEL

An ice storm strands thousands without access to power or heat. As home temperatures drop, authorities are stretched to the limit and turn to the local volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) team to check on house-bound residents. But some SAR team members are unable to assist because they must look after their own families who don’t have heat in their own homes, and others can’t be reached because the automated pager system is down.

Commissioner Bud Mercer
(2009,
issue 1)
BY CLIVE ADDY [field_writer2]

Vancouver 2010 

Q:As Chief Operating Officer responsible for the security 2010 Games, what is the scope and role of your challenge as you see it since your arrival in November 2007?

(2008,
issue 3)
BY DAVE REDMAN [field_writer2]

Reading the latest Report on Emergency Preparedness in Canada from the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, one cannot help but feel the Committee’s frustration, anger and foreboding. While their observations can be sarcastic and glib, they have certainly earned the right to be so.

(2008,
issue 3)
BY LANCE VALCOUR [field_writer2]

Have you ever found yourself, in an emergency, a few hundred yards away from a public safety colleague – police officer, fire fighter, or paramedic – yet unable to transmit vital information to him or her? It happens all too often. Radio systems, cell phones, PDAs, and other devices are not always configured, aligned or even designed to allow inter-agency communication. Often the communications are seriously limited by the available technology. At other times, the agencies lack the proper protocols, governance or knowledge of how to communicate with each other.

(2008,
issue 3)
BY THOMAS QUIGGIN [field_writer2]

The intelligence needed to support our national security interests, is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire. Today, national security ­intelligence has to be developed in a complex and uncertain world where the rate of change in the external ­environ­ment makes past experience of increasingly questionable value.

(2008,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY JOHN BANTA

Is it possible for an unincorporated hamlet with a population of about 250 to establish and maintain a full-fledged volunteer fire department? In 1979, a group of forward thinking citizens in Fauquier, BC thought so, and the seed they planted 30 years ago has gone on to bear plentiful fruit.

(2008,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY GIULIO MAFFINI

It’s on CNN
Watching a recent CNN video of a staged Cyber attack showing a large turbine generator self destructing, may have caused some to dismiss the story as yet another attempt to sensationalize and shock an increasingly desensitized TV audience. As the report unfolds, however, one learns that the video was created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a training experiment, code named Aurora. It’s time to pay closer attention.

(2007,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY RON MEYERS

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) as the lead Federal organization, in cooperation with other stakeholders, have begun to collaboratively develop the first Canadian national standard for personal protective equipment for first responders (fire, police, paramedic, and hospital first receivers) in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident.

(2007,
issue 2)
BY JAY C. HOPE [field_writer2]

Practical Advice from Ontario’s Commissioner of Community Safety

(2007,
issue 2)
BY DOUG SILVER [field_writer2] and CAROL-LYNN CHAMBERS

Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams are multi-disciplinary in nature. Personnel and equipment used by these teams can be deployed locally, provincially, and across Canada to provide the specialized search and rescue to free and recover trapped victims.


Toronto HUSAR team members work to remove heavy debris and secure safe positions within a collapsed structure.

(2007,
issue 1)
[field_writer2] BY MARK GILES

Set between the Rhone River and the “Parc Tete d’Or” in Lyon, France – about an hour’s drive southwest of the Swiss border – is a rather unique looking building. As some of its security features become visible to the casual passer-by, including marked police vehicles and uniformed officers at the entrance, some might wonder what purpose it serves.


The General Secretariat in Lyon, France, serves as Interpol headquarters.

(2006,
issue 3)
[field_writer2] BY NORMA REVELER

Advances in the ability of scientists to predict severe weather disturbances and natural disasters will not protect the public if warnings don’t get out. That message was recently delivered by Dr. Ian Rutherford, executive director of the Canadian Meteor­ological and Oceano­graphic Society (CMOS), to Canada’s broadcast regulator. He recounted how newly acquired Doppler radars have doubled the technologically possible warning time for tornadoes since one touched down in Edmonton in 1987 when he was in charge of the Alberta city’s weather service.

(2006,
issue 2)
[field_writer2] BY ANDRÉ FECTEAU

The scene: Just before 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2006, Mother Nature wreaks havoc with snow, rain, wind, and a flash freeze just east of Ottawa, near the town of Embrun. Driving conditions are terrible, but Highway 417 is busy, as usual. Suddenly, fierce winds create whiteout conditions and vehicles start crashing into each other, with some cars getting stuck under tractor-trailers.