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New federal investments to provide support for tools and knowledge to better support interoperability among police, fire, and paramedic services.

July 14, 2015

Kingston, Ontario — Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds – Grenville, on behalf of Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, today announced an innovative new project to support first responder interoperability. The project was announced as part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

Led by the City of Kingston, the project aims to enhance interoperability and data sharing for municipal police, fire, and paramedic services, in and around Brockville, Kingston and Belleville, Ontario, through the use of a centralized, interconnected computer-aided-dispatch hub for all partners. The results and lessons learned from the project will provide valuable knowledge in support of efforts to improve interoperability between first responder organizations across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The CSSP’s third Call for Proposals will see approximately $12 million invested in innovative projects across Canada. Since 2013, the CSSP has invested approximately $47 million to fund innovative projects to enhance the public safety and security of Canadians.

  • The CSSP is led by Defence Research and Development Canada (an agency of the Department of National Defence), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

  • The CSSP’s mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from terrorist acts, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents.

  • CSSP projects bring together experts from the fields of science, technology, public safety and security in non-government organizations, industry, government, and academia — nationally and internationally — to develop and improve knowledge and tools to better safeguard Canada.


“We all know how important it is for our police, fire and paramedics services to be able to share information, especially when coordinating response efforts and making important decisions to save lives and deal with emergencies. I'm proud that the Government of Canada is contributing to enhanced interoperability for Canada’s local first responders.”

Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds – Grenville

“Our Government is working with first responders to protect Canadians by supporting research into issues related to our safety and security. The Canadian Safety and Security Program fosters innovative science and technology solutions that will reduce the risk and impacts of emergencies.”

Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“This project is about interoperability and real time communications and data to enhance multiple emergency services coordination when dealing with emergencies in our region. Thanks to support from the federal government and the generous cooperation of all the participating services and municipalities, I’m proud to say that this initiative will help establish a new standard of interoperability in multiple discipline emergency response.”

Rhéaume Chaput, Fire Chief of the Kingston Fire Service

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City of Kingston communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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