CSSP Exercise Program

About the Exercise Program

The creation of effective safety and security capabilities requires that emergency management personnel be placed in mock operational response scenarios. To this end, Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) manages and coordinates an exercise program in order to conduct and/or participate in exercises with various public safety and security partners.

The CSSP Exercise Team leverages existing exercise opportunities when possible and works on the design, development and delivery of new exercises to ensure that science and technology (S&T) informs policy development in the public safety and security domain.

Exercises are essential within the public safety and security community because they:

  • contribute to a more effective and efficient planning and execution of responses to incidents;
  • provide the opportunity to use and test capabilities in a simulated environment under different controlled settings;
  • provide awareness on how advancements are made in the public safety and security sector;
  • provide an opportunity to collaborate with key partners and stakeholders; and
  • provide an opportunity to identify key best practices and gaps that need to be addressed.

2015 - 2016 Exercises

Every year, DRDC CSS coordinates or is involved in several exercises, which focus on a number of public safety and security areas of interest. Below is a sample of some of the CSSP exercises for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Exercise Vulcan (train derailment exercise)

Dates: March 12-13, 2016

This train derailment exercise, known as Exercise Vulcan, is a coordinated effort between Transport Canada and DRDC CSS. The main goal of the exercise is to improve Canada's response capabilities in the event of an incident involving a train transporting flammable liquids, in particular crude oil.

For more information, see the Exercise Vulcan page

Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment IV (CAUSE IV)

Dates: April 26-28, 2016

CAUSE IV is a collaborative effort between DRDC CSS, Public Safety Canada, and the United States (US) Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, in partnership with various provincial, municipal, state, and non-governmental organizations, which aims to further improve Canada-US cross-border communications interoperability.

For more information, see the CAUSE IV page.