Government of Canada invests $1.4 million to improve search and rescue in Canada

OTTAWA, ON, September 22, 2022 /CNW/ – While Canadians play, work and explore outdoors, search and rescue personnel stand ready to respond when someone is missing or in distress. The government of Canada is committed to supporting the search and rescue community with the tools and technology it needs to better serve Canadians and ensure a seamless approach to operations across the country.

Today, on behalf of the Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, Parliamentary Secretary Yasser Naqvi announcement $1.4 million in funding for Counter Crisis Technology Inc. The funding, available through Public Safety Canada’s Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund, will support the development and implementation of a control system software solution for shared incident for ground search and rescue volunteers and employees, including police departments across the country.

The new system will improve ground search and rescue, building on existing technology to improve coordination between search and rescue organizations, supporting the sharing of information, data and knowledge across jurisdictions. It will provide and support an integrated solution to police services across Canadafostering mutual aid, cooperation and improving disaster response capabilities and outcomes for Canadians.

Quotation

“First responders and search and rescue volunteers work tirelessly to keep Canadians safe, and new technologies are essential to increasing their ability to respond to emergencies. This project, supported by our Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund, will improve the delivery of ground search and rescue services and coordination across the country, and I look forward to seeing its positive impact on operations across Canada.

– The Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister for Emergency Preparedness

Canada is the most beautiful country in the world, and many of us spend our free time exploring all it has to offer. However, in the rare event that Canadians need help while enjoying the outdoors, it is vitally important that our first responders and first responders have the resources they need to provide quick and effective assistance. Today’s announcement marks another important step in ensuring that ground search and rescue volunteers and employees have the tools they need to keep people safe. »

Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center

Fast facts

  • This three-year project includes the design and adaptation of software that will improve search and rescue results, improve interoperability and promote mutual aid. It includes custom search and rescue apps, adapted for the Windows platform, and will be available for download on phones, tablets, and laptops.
  • Public Safety Canada is committed to preventing search and rescue incidents by enabling Canadians to plan ahead for safer outdoor adventures. To this end, the ministry supports AdventureSmart, a national prevention program focused on people who participate in outdoor recreational activities.

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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

For further information: Annie Cullinan, Director of Communications, Office of the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, [email protected]; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]

Brandon D. James