Talk:Disaster Assistance Response Team

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Aileen Carroll and the tsunami disaster[edit]

Is there any source for this comment about Aileen Carroll voting against the DART team? I can't find anything on google about that. Sounds spurious, actually. Anyone? --DarrenBaker 15:52, 4 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OK, I'm removing the info, since I can't find any source for it and nobody has come forward with one. --DarrenBaker 22:42, 22 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Which of Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team or Disaster Assistance Response Team should redirect to the other? Since the second is currently the most develloped, I'll redirect Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team to it until somebody decides something else. --Circeus 00:54, Jan 15, 2005 (UTC)

Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team isn't the real name (although it is part of the Canadian forces). Furthermore, this page has much more information than the other, and contains all the information in the other one. I think it's fine for Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team to be a redirect. -Frazzydee| 04:57, 15 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Operation names[edit]

Are the names acronyms? If not, I doubt the all-cap is needed. Also, can somebody try to dig up the name of the Sri Lankan operation? --Circeus 02:24, Jan 16, 2005 (UTC)

I don't know if they're acronyms (I would assume not, because it doesn't say they are), but the official site ( uses all-caps. I would assume that that makes it justified for us to use all caps too, but if that's not enough of a reason, then feel free to change the mission names to Proper Case.
As for the name of the Sri Lankan operation, thanks for making me look for it :). This page says that it is Operation STRUCTURE, so I'll add that in. -Frazzydee| 16:54, 16 Jan 2005 (UTC)

They are not acronyms it is just a word chosen starting with the first letter of the country involved.

Budget NPOV?[edit]

With an annual budget of a mere $500,000, DART is the least funded unit in the Canadian Forces.
I can think of at least a dozen or more Canadian Forces units which are funded less than DART. Not that funding doesn't deserve to be mentioned, the assertion in this article just isn't accurate.Plasma east 21:05, 20 Mar 2005 (UTC)
"The team receives less money than any other unit in the Canadian Forces, with an annual budget of $500,000."[1] -Frazzydee| 21:19, 20 Mar 2005 (UTC)
Hmm, I wonder what CBC's sources are for making such a quote. There are many Primary Reserve units of the Canadian Forces which receive less than $0.5 million/year, and even some regular force units (ie. mothballed ships, etc.) - it all depends upon what they are using to define a "unit". If I had the time, I'd call their ombudsman on that quote.Plasma east 16:11, 21 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Operation ASSURANCE[edit]

A few months after it's inception DART deployed as OP ASSURANCE. My involvement in this endeavor was too direct to be completely objective editing the article. Personal, the military idiom 'cluster f***' keeps coming to mind. Even most internet searchs of this mission are less than flattering, if they can be found at all. However, I can't help but feel Mugunga Camp's dissolution occurred as a direct result of UN Security Council Resolution 1078 and the factions' distaste for a multinational force intervention. i.e. Just showing up made the difference.

Should anyone with a NPOV wish to expand this article, I've included a scan of the original DART badge (given the limited quanity and how offset 'Humanitus' is I think these were a last-second item) and a few other relevent links:


LESSONS LEARNED? Operation “Assurance” proved to be a major test of new CF Joint Doctrine and related operational planning processes then being implemented. This was Canada’s first attempt at leading a joint and combined multi-national force in an armed humanitarian operation. The operation was only the second operational deployment of the Joint Force Headquarters (resident within 1 Canadian Division in Kingston), and the first operational deployment of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

Chief of the Defence Staff Annual Report on the State of the Canadian Forces Part II – Operational Activity Observations and lessons learned

Applying lessons learned led to the creation of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which is an organization designed to be rapidly deployed anywhere in Canada or abroad where humanitarian assistance is required as a result of a disaster. It has been deployed only once—in 1996 during Operation Assurance—when a small contingent of the team’s advance party was deployed to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to assist the refugees from Rwanda. Experience from this mission pointed to logistical problems associated with sharing staff and resources between DART and the 1st Canadian Division Headquarters. Sharing common resources prevents the simultaneous deployment of the two units. As a result, a plan to establish a permanent, separate cadre of DART headquarters and logistics personnel at CFB Trenton is being implemented.

Canadians Eager to Begin Peace Mission

By Howard Schneider Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, November 17, 1996; Page A22 © Copyright 1996 The Washington Post Company

The first significant movement of troops is scheduled for Sunday, when 100 or more members of the country's newly organized Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) will leave for Kigali, Rwanda. Air force officials are on alert to prepare for the movement of 1,000 or more others as soon as a detailed deployment plan is released, probably early next week.

i thought DART was a USG org..[edit]

Doesnt the US government have DART?

No, the closest things that the USA has to DART are various sections of FEMA. DART has always been Canadian. --Rob Kelk 21:33, 14 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes - among others. The term Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) appears to be standard nomenclature. A quick web search shows that there are Disaster Assistance Response Teams within various organizations including the New York Fire Department [2], USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance [3], Samaritan's Purse [4], and even local groups such as the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island [5]. -- HugoHelp (talk) 00:20, 15 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article is out of date[edit]

This article has sentences that are 3 years out of date, ie talking about at disaster that occurred in 2005: "the team is set to deploy in the blah blah region" - its 2008...was this just copied from a news article? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:25, 13 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]