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  • September 20, 2017

    ISR Travels to the CAUSE V FPC

    ISR is excited to be traveling to Bellingham Washington next week to conduct the Final Planning Conference for the fifth Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency (CAUSE) Experiment. The CAUSE experiment series is a joint Canada-US initiative developed as part of the Beyond the Border initiative that aims to evaluate the ability of technology and applications to facilitate sharing of resources between cross border communities including shared situational awareness products (voice, data, video) and mutual aid resources (HAZMAT/HUSAR teams and vehicles, ambulances, etc.).
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  • May 11, 2017

    ISR acquired by Calian Group Ltd.

    ISR is proud to announce that Calian Group Ltd. (TSX: CGY) acquired International Safety Research Inc. (ISR) of Ottawa, Ontario.

    ISR CEO stated that "This acquisition will help ISR offer a wider range of services and products that meet the needs of our clients in the nuclear and the emergency management sectors."

    "ISR is an excellent fit for Calian," stated Jerry Johnston, VP, Training & Engineering Services. "The synergies that we can derive from the combination of ISR's services, and our own Emergency Management service offering, will allow us to provide unparalleled support to both new and existing customers."
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  • ISR helps Ontario keep traffic moving!
    April 11, 2017

    ISR helps Ontario keep traffic moving!

    ISR has recently completed work supporting the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO). ISR worked with the MTO to develop three complex emergency plans to assist the MTO and other key stakeholders during emergency situations. To verify the utility and accuracy of the plans, ISR developed a Table Top Exercise (TTX) for key stakeholders. This one and a half day TTX and After Action Review session (AAR) tested each of the three draft plans independently, assessing their utility for each of the organizations involved. A half day after AAR process was conducted which elicited valuable stakeholder feedback on each of the plans. As a result of this exercise, ISR was able to implement recommendations made for key TTX findings back into the three plans providing the MTO with a final product verified in an operational setting.

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Canada-US Enhanced (CAUSE) V Resiliency Experiment

Canada-US Enhanced (CAUSE) V Resiliency  Experiment

ISR conducted the fifth installment of the Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE) in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia (BC), and Whatcom County in Washington State (WA). This experiment tested numerous emerging emergency response technologies and capabilities. These technologies were used to support emergency operations in border communities in both Canada and the US in a joint response to a Mt. Baker eruption scenario.

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NRCan Notification Exercise

NRCan Notification Exercise

Natural Resources Canada engaged ISR to develop and run two 3 hour notification exercises with offshore oil and gas partners in the Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia regions. These half day exercises were run independently for each of the two regions and saw participation from provincial and federal level stakeholders. These exercises aimed to identify how information moves between each of the key stakeholders and how this information is processed by each organization.

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MTO ON Border Traffic Plans and TTX

MTO ON Border Traffic Plans and TTX

ISR has recently completed work supporting the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) in developing three complex emergency management framework documents to assist MTO staff and other key stakeholders during emergency situations. To verify the utility and the accuracy of the response strategies outlined in the plans, ISR developed and facilitated a table top exercise (TTX) for the key plans stakeholders. This one day TTX provided multiple scenarios against which each of the three frameworks were notionally used to coordinate a response effort. The TTX was supported by a ½ day after action review (AAR) sessions which gathered key successes and areas for improvement within each of the three frameworks. The AAR session informed the development of an after action report providing remedial action(s) for each of the areas for improvement identified for the three frameworks during the exercise.

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OPG Exercise Unified Response After Action Review

OPG Exercise Unified Response After Action Review

Following the completion of Exercise Unified Response 2014, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) requested ISR’s assistance in addressing the key findings and lessons learned as reported in the Exercise Unified Response After Action Report. As a result ISR’s highly experienced team was able to create new plans and procedures to help aid in OPG’s radiation surveillance, accident projection and dose control programs. In conjunction with the Province of Ontario, ISR developed a Radiation Survey Plan for all stages of response as well as a staff rotational plan for release and post-release phases of a severe accident. These plans were made by studying and understanding the procedures used at accidents at Fukushima Daiichi plant and adapting and improving on them for use at OPG.

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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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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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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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