Nuclear Exercise Director
Frank Kitching an Emergency Preparedness and Response Specialist and a Project Manager with significant experience in that field. Frank has a Masters of Applied Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Kitching was a Department of National Defence Nuclear Safety Officer as part of the CFB Halifax Nuclear Emergency Response (NER) Team.
Since joining ISR in 2008 Frank has maintained his active engagement in various projects involving nuclear emergency response. Frank is currently involved in the planning and preparation for Intrepid 2015, a nuclear emergency response exercise at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station. This exercise involves the participation of NB Power, the Province of New Brunswick, key federal government departments, as well as other organizations that support response efforts in New Brunswick, including the Red Cross and the local Warden Service. Preparations for this exercise include multiple planning conferences and workshops, a command post exercise, and training for controllers/evaluators in preparation of exercise delivery.
In April 2015, Frank developed and delivered the radiological scenario for CAPEX 2015, an international exercise involving CBRNE teams from Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia. The radiological exercise involved response to the detonation of a radiological dispersal device and the need to manage evidence collection and forensic exploitation simultaneously. Each nation required the scenario to be modified to meet their specific objectives and the stage for the exercise had to be reset each day to ensure each nation met those objectives. Each nation also provided controllers and evaluators to monitor the unfolding scenarios. The exercise was followed by the development of an After Action Report that details the lessons learned and the best practices from each nation, allowing each to learn from the other and to improve their overall preparedness for an intentional spread of radiological contamination.
Frank recently managed and delivered Ontario Power Generation’s Exercise Unified Response. This involved the planning and coordination of a beyond design basis accident at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. This involved coordinating the exercise to meet the objectives of Ontario Power Generation, Durham Region, the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Canada. Participation at all levels of government was unprecedented, with all parties interested in testing the integration of their nuclear emergency response plans to the fullest extent possible. The exercise was followed by an evaluation process and the publication of an After Action Report. This report identified several opportunities for improvement, for various participating organizations, and was eventually presented to the CNSC in a public hearing. Follow-on work includes the creation of a Staff Rotation Plan, a Dose Control Plan (including the coordination of a dosimetry working group involving all levels of responders), and a Survey Strategy Plan for determining the extent of contamination, both on and off-site, following a severe nuclear accident.