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Heavy Urban Search And Rescue

In Canada, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) refers to the technical search and rescue skills that are used in the event of a disaster and emergency situations, such as urban building collapses, mudslides, flooding, and forest fires, amongst other disasters.


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


As cities are growing, infrastructures are aging, and climate variabilities and increasing across the country, ensuring that there is sufficient HUSAR capacity in more and more important. Ournational approach to emergency management needs to reflect the needs of all partners and variables of the changing risk environment.


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).


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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