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Heavy Urban Search And Rescue

 In Canada, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) refers to technical search and rescue skills used in the event of a disaster. These specialized skills play a critical role in a variety of emergency situations, including urban building collapses, mudslides, flooding, and forest fires, among other disasters

 

"Heavy" Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) is the most technically specialized form of USAR. HUSAR Task Forces are interdisciplinary teams comprised of specialists from across the emergency response spectrum. Capabilities include search and rescue, communications, logistics, emergency medical assistance, technical and canine search, and structural assessment.

 

Canada's national approach to emergency management needs to be reflective of the needs of all partners and the changing risk environment. As growing cities, aging infrastructure and climate variability increase across the country. ensuring sufficient HUSAR capacity is increasingly important.

 

There are 4 task forces in Canada. The is one in Vancouver, British Columbia (CAN-TF1), one in Calgary, Alberta (CAN-TF2), one in Toronto, Ontario (CAN-TF3) and on in Manitoba (CAN-TF4).

 

Quick facts

  • As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada committed $15.5 million over five years to restore HUSAR funding. Up to $3.1 million annually will be available to Task Forces for cost-shared HUSAR investments. Task Forces would be able to apply for funding from Public Safety Canada to cover up to 75% of the costs fo eligible projects.
  • HUSAR Task Forces are interdisciplinary and are made up of first responders such as fire fighters, paramedics, and canine technicians. HUSAR capabilities play a critical role in a variety of emergency situations, including urban building collapses, mudslides, flooding and forest fires, among other disasters. 

For more information on the Task Forces please visit these links:

 

Vancouver, British Columbia (CAN-TF1)

Calgary, Alberta (CAN-TF2)

Toronto, Ontario (CAN-TF3)

Manitoba (CAN-TF4)

 

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