By Michel C. Doré, MStJ, PhD, B.Sc.N., PCP, CEM, CGU
Since 2006 the emergency management practitioners in Quebec have regrouped within theAssociation de sécurité civile du Québec (ascq.org). Strong of its 285 members, the association represents the emergency managers with governments, municipalities, educational institutions and other organisations.
Among its activities, ASCQ manages a provincial EM professional certification program, organises conferences and webinars. The ASCQ partners every year with RECO Quebec, our business continuity association (reco-quebec.org) and CRAIM, our industrial accident prevention council (craim.ca) to organise an emergency management exhibition in conjunction with the Colloque de la sécurité civile du Québec, our provincial EM conference.
To foster partnerships among the emergency management/search and rescue volunteer groups, ASCQ organises, since 2015, various training activities and full scale exercises (video). These activities involve volunteers from Saint-John Ambulance, Salvation Army, Canadian Red Cross, Association des bénévoles en recherche et sauvetage du Québec, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sauvetage et recherche aériens du Québec and the Radio-Amateur Québec inc.
We are currently planning the 2019 edition of our Rendez-vousin the Ottawa region. We hope to mobilise the volunteers from both Quebec and Ontario to respond to a joint event happening simultaneously on both sides of the Ottawa River. Both the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa support this upcoming exercise.