Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence


October 04, 2010 11:18 ET

Media Advisory: Disaster Interoperability Response Experiment (DIRE) 2010

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - On Wednesday, October 6, members of the media are invited to observe first hand a segment of the Disaster Interoperability Response Experiment (DIRE 10) conducted by the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre Air Force Experiment Centre (CFAWC AFEC), in conjunction with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Aimed at advancing the integration of communication systems, open source tools, and the adoption of technical standards to achieve better coordinated response between emergency response organizations and the Canadian Forces (CF) during disasters, DIRE 10 is the first of a series of experiments expected to be held annually.

Conducted this year from October 4 to 8, DIRE 10 will be using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and tethered balloons (aerostats) to look at the advantages of employing existing equipment as part of a coordination system to provide better long-distance communications and imagery gathering during disaster response.

Media interested in attending this opportunity must register before noon on Tuesday, October 5, by contacting Lieutenant Lisa Evong at 613-325-9440.

WHAT: Media Opportunity – Disaster Interoperability Response Experiment
WHEN: Wednesday 6 October 2010, 9:45-11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Connaught Range Control Counter on Lee Enfield Road

Note to the editor/news director: Should the media opportunity be cancelled due to poor weather conditions, this event will be re-scheduled on October 7 (same timings). A decision on cancelling the media opportunity event due to weather will be made on October 6 before 8 a.m.. Registered media representatives will be notified by an Air Force Public Affairs Officer if such cancellation is in effect.

Directions to Connaught Ranges from Carling Avenue:

  • Head North on Rifle Road (see DND & RCMP signs) 2.0 km
  • Turn Left on Shirley Blvd – Turns into Malibar Rd 1.3 km
  • Turn Right onto Lee Enfield Rd (see Range Control on right) 0.3 km
  • Parking along Shirley Blvd - just ahead
  • Meet at Range Control to check in & receive transport to DIRE.


  • 9:45 a.m.: Media representatives are to be at the Connaught Range Control counter to be signed in and receive an information package on DIRE 10. Transportation (bus) will be provided to the site of the experiment and will depart the Range Control at 0955 hrs sharp;

  • 10:00 – 10:20 a.m.: Technical Brief to be delivered by DIRE 10 spokesperson, Maj Bernie Thorne followed by Q&A session;

  • 10:20 – 10:40 a.m.: Visit of a small aerostat and opportunity for interviews, Command Post, and of a larger aerostat and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) if available;

  • 10:40 – 10:55 a.m.: Additional opportunity for interviews to be conducted with spokesperson, if desired / possible; and,

  • 10:55 – 11:00 a.m.: Return to the Connaught Range Control and conclusion of media opportunity.

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