Our history

Safety, Emergency and Security Management Excellence Since 1988

CAST Safety Systems (CAST) has been pioneering extraordinary innovations in Emergency, Safety and Security Management Systems since 1988. CAST’s clients are armed with the tools and confidence to perform to the highest standards.

CAST’s 1988 launch marked the creation and delivery of a specialized training program for municipal fire fighters whose area of responsibility included airports. CAST reshaped conventional wisdom by originating a revolutionary program designed to meet this crucial safety need, not only more economically, but also more efficiently, by employing existing municipal structural fire fighting personnel, equipment, expertise and experience.

CAST its growth through developing, auditing and reviewing emergency and security plans for airlines, airports, corporations, and governments across Canada and worldwide. All plans, exercises and audits have been tailored to meet the unique requirements of individual clients.

When the U.S. government introduced legislation which required all airlines to submit plans under the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act (1996) and the Foreign Air Carrier Family Support Act (1997), CAST developed comprehensive plans to align its client airlines with their obligations to keep pace with evolving American regulations.  And CAST pioneered the concept of gathering under one umbrella the expanding array of services that airlines and other organizations are increasingly expected to marshal, while preparing for or responding to incidents. In accordance with heightening expectations of both regulators and the public, CAST fashioned unprecedented response programs designed to harness and coordinate all aspects of crisis response plans and procedures.

It was during this development phase that CAST, together with Rural/Metro Corporation of Arizona, founded the Emergency Measures Inquiry Center (EMIC) in Scottsdale which led to the partnership’s development of the world’s first major transportation emergency operation to combine under one contract the three definitive components of complete emergency response: preparedness, response, and long-term repatriation and disposition of personal effects. This original EMIC prototype became the acknowledged standard for other large-scale, worldwide systems, which were to follow (In 2000, Rural/Metro acquired full ownership of EMIC while CAST intensified its focus on further development of innovative safety and security capabilities.). 

CAST answered the call from Bombardier Aerospace to provide project safety management for the mammoth 2002 World Youth Day and 2003 SAR’s benefit concert events held at the company’s Downsview airfield in Toronto. These were 2 of the largest events of their kind in the world with the World Youth Day hosting almost a million participants from around the globe. It was CAST’s responsibility to guide and coordinate such diverse tasks as keeping the work of on-site construction crews in accordance with Canada’s Civil Aviation Regulations, red-flagging potential safety and logistical hot spots during the event, and ensuring that post-event cleanup and repairs returned the airfield promptly and safely to its normal functions.

Most recently CAST has pioneered the development of a practical approach to aviation Safety Management Systems. Based on extensive hands-on experience in a variety of safety critical environments  including developing SMS philosophies, policies, procedures and practices for international airlines and other complex organizations,  CAST’s approach to SMS is providing clients with a simple, efficient and cost effective means of managing  today’s evolving safety and emergency management environment.