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August 25, 2006
Media Advisory: Toronto Heavy Urban Search and Rescue deployment exercise
The Toronto Heavy Urban Search & Rescue (HUSAR) Team has partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police Provincial Emergency Response Team (OPP PERT) in a deployment exercise where they will be self-sustaining for five days. Media are invited on the third day of this deployment exercise:

This exercise will simulate a real-time disaster with emergency personnel on duty 24/7 over the course of the event, which is the first of its size and kind to be held in Ontario. The teams will operate from a self-sustaining “Base of Operations” that will house all components of the teams, including canine and technical search, heavy breaking and breaching, shoring of structures, and medical capabilities.

Date: Monday, August 28
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: 155 Belsyde Ave. W., Fergus, Ontario

This will be a rare photo opportunity for media to get up close and see high-tech equipment used during tactical heavy search and rescue operations. Such close proximity would not be possible during a real emergency.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada defines HUSAR as:

“The location of trapped persons in collapsed structures using dogs and sophisticated search equipment; the use of heavy equipment such as cranes to remove debris; the work to breach, shore, remove and lift structural components; the treatment and removal of victims; and the securing of partially or completely collapsed structures.”

For more information about Toronto HUSAR, visit

Media contact:
Mike Strapko, Acting District Chief, Toronto Fire Services,



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