Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Izatt
Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON
A major aftershock struck Nepal and India on April 26 and triggered more avalanches in the Himalayan Mountains. The earthquake caused significant loss of life, a large number of injuries, as well as destruction of property, leaving thousands of people requiring humanitarian support. At its height, the CAF DART included approximately 200 personnel with a range of specialties: Engineering to assist in clearing debris, opening roads, remediating landslides and assessing structures such as buildings and bridges; Mobile medical teams that traveled to evacuation centres to treat injuries and identify potential sites for assistance; Liaison officers (CAF personnel of Nepalese descent) who acted as vital links between local authorities, international aid agencies and CAF members; and A Geomatic Support Team that developed highly detailed topographical maps to help guide DART members and other partners as they move from community to community.
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About the speaker:
Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Izatt is the designated Commanding Officer for the Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). A Canadian Military Engineer by trade, his service since 1984 has been diverse.
His engineer duties, with a mixture of domestic and international operations, cover the complete military range from unit tactical command at 1 Combat Engineer Regiment (Edmonton) to strategic Chief Engineer – Current Operations, NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE -Belgium).
As a general staff and liaison officer he has been employed by alliance and coalition organizations in Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. His Canadian Army institutional posts include Section Chief for Army Professional Development; chief personnel management and policies – Army Western Area (J1); and Dean of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College. He is currently the chief engineer at the 1st Canadian Division, Kingston.