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Vancouver Taskforce 1 deployed to assist in Fort McMurray wildfires

May 4 2016

The HUSAR team in Calgary during floods in 2013

At the invitation of Calgary Taskforce 2 who has been deployed to provide incident management support and logistics to emergency responders in Fort McMurray, two members of Vancouver Canada Taskforce 1 will also be deployed this afternoon.

The two members are being sent to participate in the incident and bring back their observations and learnings to the team.

Both Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnston have also reached out to their counterparts in Alberta to offer further assistance as needed.

Yesterday, wildfires in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray and its more than 60,000 residents.

About the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team

The City of Vancouver's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team, Canada Task Force-1 (CANTF-1) is a special operations team of up to 120 members with medical, fire suppression, emergency response, search and rescue, and engineering backgrounds. The team members are available as a key emergency response resource for our citizens across the province, nationally, and internationally when required and appropriate.

CANTF-1 is one of four Canadian heavy urban search and rescue teams able to be deployed anywhere in Canada, and internationally if requested.

HUSAR's members come from many sectors and have specialized training and skills that support the challenging search, rescue and recovery efforts during critical incidents. The task force is trained to rescue victims from major structural collapses and other hazards.

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