The Technical Committee that jointly authored the REL includes seven national associations representing police, fire and emergency medical services. These associations committed to the project in the interest of ensuring that Canadian operational expertise is integrated into the document so that it is a practical and ready resource to emergency first responder organizations and the Canadian communities they serve.
During REL development, the Technical Committee met in various locations across Canada to promote awareness of the Project at the local level and invite input and feedback. On numerous occasions, the same question had to be answered before discussions could take place: Why is it called a Recommended Equipment List? The answer to that question is critical to understanding the perspective from which the REL was created and to extract optimum value from it. For that reason, this key question is addressed as a lead-in.
The Technical Committee "recommends" that a strategic approach be used to develop comprehensive chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) response capabilities. The approach promotes broad-based standardization and interoperability and it also provides a framework for establishing appropriate response contingencies based upon specific community risk profiles. The approach recognizes and respects that valid, well-functioning processes are in place in many organizations and offers our "recommendation" as a lens to review and potentially add to current processes as applicable. Within that context, the Canadian CBRNE Recommended Equipment List will serve as an invaluable tool.
The Technical Committee would like to acknowledge the support provided by the Centre for Security Scienceís, Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear Research and Technology Initiative, known as CRTI, who provided the funding for this Project. With equal gratitude, our heartfelt thanks go to the InterAgency Board of the United States which has mentored, supported and contributed so generously to this work.
The Interactive List of Equipment can be sourced on this site using the tab/button of the same name under the Recommended Equipment List drop down menu at the top of this page.