Emergency Air Operations Project – Aviation Management Interoperability for Emergency Response and Recovery: Return on Investment


  1. Newton, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN);Selkirk Systems Inc., Victoria BC (CAN)
Aircraft are key assets during response and recovery from large scale emergency events. A critical gap exists in multiagency response to emergency events due to the silo nature of how each responding and affected organization manages their aerial resource needs. For example, a major seismic natural disaster in the BC Lower Mainland is forecast to cause extensive damage to critical infrastructure, disrupt all major ground transportation routes and produce mass casualties. While many organizations have emergency response plans, few are coordinated, and dependence on the same scarce aviation resources is common. Prioritization of use of the resources across different needs will be paramount to maximizing the effectiveness of response and recovery operations. Therefore, the goals of this interoperability technology demonstration project are to: enable a provincial plan and systems interoperability to ensure aviation resources are coordinated and used to maximum efficiency for response and recovery operations; create governance, procedures, and enabling technologies for interoperability between all involved agencies for managing aviation resources; leverage aviation management expertise within the provincial government and experienced response agencies for the benefit of all; maximize the integration of the governance, standard operating procedures (SOP), and enabling technologies developed and proven in this Project into the daily business operations of the organizations involved
Emergency Management;Emergency/Crisis Management
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-C254 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2019
Number of Pages
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