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September 26, 2005
Heavy Urban Search and Rescue deployment exercise
The Toronto Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team will deploy to a field
exercise where they will be self-sustaining for 72 hours.

Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Lakeridge Road, (Whitby, Ontario) five km north of Highway 2
East side entrance will be marked.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC) 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. These Teams are expected to be completely
self sufficient for 72 hours."

Search and rescue in a collapsed structure is a highly complicated and
dangerous task. It involves a team of well-trained individuals in a variety of
disciplines. In order to be prepared for any eventuality, the team’s training
is ongoing, encountering many different types of scenarios.

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.

For more Toronto HUSAR information visit

Media contact:

Captain Ron MacQueen
Public Information Officer
Toronto Fire Services
(pager) 416-334-5820
(cell) 416-522-4404



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