The Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy CNDF) is a private collegiate institution located in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec (Canada). It offers the pre-university training program as well as several technical and professional training programs Guy Dufour is the general director of this establishment and has agreed to discuss about civil security.
1. How has civil security traced its path through your career?
The Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy is the only college-based institution in Quebec offering the full range of programs in the field of security and emergency response.
Once at the general direction of the institution, I chose to follow a Master's degree in Risk Management of Civil Security and Environment at the University of Haute-Alsace in collaboration with the National School of Officers and firefighters of Aix-en-Provence to highlight this expertise through the creation of the Innovation Research Center in Civil Security.
The RISC Center is now recognized as a collegial center for the transfer of technology (CCTT) by the Government of Quebec. Its mission is helping to develop a true culture of civil security in line with the Québec Policy on Civil Security.
There is very little research center of this type in the world and the latter has already carved an important place in this field.
2. Which spheres of civil security are you mainly captivate about and why?
Prevention, preparation, but also human factors during interventions are among the spheres that draw my particular attention.
Beyond the expertise of intervention, it is essential to lay the foundations of our concerns for civil security by a comprehensive analysis including the identification of our sensitive sectors, potential hazards on our territory, and our vulnerability to them. The results of this analysis must be taken into account as much in our development or redevelopment projects as in the planning of our response.
Knowledge of the impact of human factors in a crisis or emergency response context is also something we need to work on to improve our disaster response capacity. We must be inspired by certain sensitive areas, such as aeronautics, to develop an approach integrating these factors.
3. What is your vision of civil security in the coming years?
We are witnessing a recent paradigm shift in security threats. The actions of malevolence, added to the increase of the losses caused by the climatic disturbances, place the stakes of safety among our preoccupying social preoccupations.
In response to its concerns, the world has mobilized with the Hyogo Framework for Action, followed by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. In particular, it states that although the overall responsibility for disaster risk reduction lies with States. It is nonetheless shared between governments and relevant stakeholders, thus creating resilient communities and inclusive disaster risk management by society as a whole.
Quebec's Public Security Policy states that it is a response to this call to make risk management and disaster response a priority for nations and governments at all levels. The policy does not fail to specify that this call must also be heard by each of the actors in Quebec so that all, according to their reality and the resources, make these issues a priority.
It is in this perspective that the actions of the RISC Center will be inscribed in the coming years