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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.

  • ISR speaks at Emirates Forensics 2017 in Dubai
    April 6, 2017

    ISR speaks at Emirates Forensics 2017 in Dubai

    The Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition is the Region’s largest conference on forensic science. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the conference attracts scientific specialists from Defence, law enforcement, universities and industry. This year, ISR’s Dr. Jeff Lafortune, General Manager of the GCC and Middle East Branch, was a guest speaker. He discussed the operational challenges of forensics in a CBRNE event. ISR was also present in the exhibition with Pastiche LLC, its partner in the region.

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2017
Mar

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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2016
Dec

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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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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