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CANTF2 POSITIONS


ALL MEMBERS

OPERATIONS SECTION CHIEF

PLANNING SECTION CHIEF

LOGISTICS SECTION CHIEF

LOGISTICS SPECIALIST

LOGISTICS BACKLINK SPECIALIST

RESCUE SPECIALIST

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

CANINE HANDLER

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

TECHNICAL INFORMATION SPECIALIST

TECHNICAL SEARCH SPECIALIST

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPECIALIST

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CANTF2 POSITIONS


ALL MEMBERS

OPERATIONS SECTION CHIEF

PLANNING SECTION CHIEF

LOGISTICS SECTION CHIEF

LOGISTICS SPECIALIST

LOGISTICS BACKLINK SPECIALIST

RESCUE SPECIALIST

MEDICAL SPECIALIST

CANINE HANDLER

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

TECHNICAL INFORMATION SPECIALIST

TECHNICAL SEARCH SPECIALIST

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPECIALIST

ALL MEMBER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

Members of Canada Task Force 2 are responsible for maintaining a state of personal readiness for deployment, which includes maintaining a high standard of physical fitness; ensuring personal records and documentation, such as passports, are current and all required inoculations are up-to-date.

From the time of an alert notification, all members of the Task Force on active status (i.e., not on authorized leave or otherwise excused) shall be available to mobilize within four hours of initial activation phase, be self-sufficient for at least 24 hours, be in possession of the approved list of personal equipment and supplies, and prepared for a deployment for up to 14 days.

·       Ability to meet or exceed the minimum fitness standard (refer to Physical Fitness Standard section and Standard Operating Guidelines);

·       Must be within four hours (by land) to the Multi Agency Training Facility in Calgary, Alberta;

·       On short notice, must be available to mobilize and be self-sufficient for at least 24 hours for a response assignment, and up to 14 days in a disaster situation;

·       Capable of improvising and functioning for long hours under adverse conditions, as an individual and part of a team;

·       Must maintain current inoculations for Diphtheria/Tetanus (or Tetanus only if there is a contraindication to Diphtheria), Hepatitis A & B, Measles / Mumps / Rubella (if born after 1957), and Polio;

·       Ability to function safely at heights and on or around rubble;

·       Understand and adhere to safe working practices and procedures, as required, in the urban disaster environment;

·       Current certification of Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation's Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation–Basic Life Support;

·       Valid passport, with no less then six months outstanding;

·       Must be willing and able to work within an Incident Command System and function as part of a team;

·       Must be successful in completing CANTF2 orientation course;

·       Must be successful in completing Critical Incident Stress introduction course;

·       Must show competency in understanding and adhering to organizational structure of CANTF2;

·       Successful completion of respiratory protection training and quantitative fit test;

·       Must have a working knowledge of USAR Response System, organizational structure, operating procedures, safety practices, terminology, knowledge of all task force equipment, and communications protocols;

·       Must have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System including successful completion of the IS-100, IS-200 courses;

·       Successful completion of GPS Awareness Level course; and

·       Must understand the needs of and provide support to their counterparts within the task force for specific operations, techniques and application of tools and equipment.

 

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Operations Section Chief


Operations Section Chief


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become the Task Force Operations Section Chief. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Operations Section Chief must:
1.    Have knowledge of USAR operations, strategy, and tactics;
2.    Possess knowledge of the practical application of available technology used to support USAR missions and objectives;
3.    Have an awareness of the hazards associated with various disaster environments;
4.    Be able to recognize the structural features and conditions that contribute to a high probability of victim survival in a collapsed structure;
5.    Have knowledge and understanding of basic construction types, materials and methods;
6.    Possess the technical knowledge to interface with, and work within, a unified command environment with a broad range of disaster response agencies and organizations;
7.    Be knowledgeable about the development and use of integrated action planning concepts and processes;
8.    Have operational knowledge of the use of, and deployment of, victim detection and location techniques to include area sectoring, search patterns, search and structural marking techniques, search team organization and operating procedures;
9.    Be familiar with the principles of building construction, to include how buildings may react in a collapsed situation; and
10.    Have an understanding of individual canine/technical search capabilities and limitations.

Skills
The Operations Section Chief must:
1.    Be proficient in structural collapse and technical rescue operations;
2.    Be capable of assessing the health and welfare needs of assigned personnel;
3.    Possess strong interpersonal communication skills;
4.    Be mechanically inclined;
5.    Have sufficient skills to develop a written or verbal report on the Operations Section progress or outcome;
6.    Be capable of navigating in the urban and rural environment utilizing various forms of maps, compass, GPS (including software uploads/downloads) and other navigational aids. Develop a search grid on a map of the disaster site/sites using UTM in conjunction with TIS; and
7.    Be proficient in developing a search strategy and implementing a search plan for various disaster environments.

Skills Desired
1.    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following courses: 
•    Confined Space Rescue 
•    Rope Rescue 
•    Swift Water Rescue 
•    Trench Rescue 
•    Fire Officer 
•    Safety Officer 
•    Critical Incident Stress 
•    Hazardous Material Training

Abilities
The Operations Section Chief must be able to:
1.    Work well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations;
2.    Improvise, share information, resolve conflicts, and solve problems;
3.    Effectively communicate orally and in writing;
4.    Manage assigned personnel and support resources;
5.    Coordinate and direct multiple rescue operations;
6.    Function within a confined space and at heights;
7.    Effectively communicate orally and in writing; and
8.    Deploy by ground or air (fixed or rotary wing).

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Operations Section Chief is responsible for managing and coordinating all operational functions of the Task Force. The Operations Section Chief reports directly to the Task Force Leader. The Operations Section Chief is responsible for:
•    The development and implementation of the Task Force Tactical Action Plan;
•    Coordinating, managing, and supervising all functional groups involved in search and rescue activities; and Directly supervise rescue managers and search managers and ensure adherence to all safety procedures;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures.
•    Determining rescue and search organizational and logistical needs;
•    Receiving briefings and situation reports and ensuring that all rescue and search personnel are kept informed of mission objectives and status changes; 
•    Providing situation reports, maintain records and reports, and prepare performance evaluations; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.

 

Planning Section Chief


Planning Section Chief


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Task Force Planning Section Chief. The intent of these requirements is to select functional managers capable of effectively managing and supervising the planning component in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Planning section Chief must:
1.    Have an awareness of other disaster organizations;
2.    Be knowledgeable about the development and use of integrated action planning concepts and processes;
3.    Have a general knowledge of hazardous materials response functions and defensive techniques, heavy equipment and rigging techniques, information collection and recording, building construction, communications systems, and equipment management procedures;
4.    Be knowledgeable of USAR operations, strategy, and tactics;
5.    Have an awareness of the hazards associated with the various disaster environments;
6.    Be familiar with the structural features and conditions that contribute to a high probability of victim survival in a collapsed structure; 
7.    Have knowledge of supervisory and personnel management skills;
8.    Have successfully completed ICS-300 course;
9.    Have successfully completed USAR Planning Team Training course; and
10.    Have knowledge of GPS and Mapping software.

Skills
The Planning Chief must:
1.    Be proficient at development of the Task Force Tactical Action Plan as part of the Operational Action Plan;
2.    Be proficient at the use of GPS and Mapping software; and
3.    Possess good interagency coordination skills.

The Planning Section Chief Should have:
1.    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following:
•    Confined space rescue
•    Rope rescue
•    Swift water rescue
•    Trench rescue
•    Fire officer
•    Safety officer
•    Critical incident stress
•    Hazardous material
2.    Structural collapse training at a technician level, equivalent to NFPA 1670;
3.    Previous experience in the use of SCBA/SABA;
4.    Understanding of and/or experience with heavy equipment; and
5.    Previous experience dealing with Engineers.

Abilities
The Planning Chief must have:
1.    The ability to work well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations;
2.    The ability to be flexible, to improvise, resolve conflicts, and solve problems;
3.    An ability to manage assigned personnel, specialized equipment, and local support resources during disaster situations; 
4.    The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; and
5.    Be able to deploy by ground or air (fixed or rotary wing).

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Task Force Planning Chief is responsible for planning aspects of the Task Force during incident operations. The Planning Chief reports directly to the TFL. He/she supervises the Structural Engineer, Hazmat Specialist, and Technical Information Specialist. The Planning Chief is responsible for:
•    Developing and implementing the planning components of the Task Force Tactical Action Plan;
•    Establishing liaison with other internal agencies/organizations and officials throughout the incident;
•    Addressing coordination of specialists, including structural engineers, hazmat specialists, and technical info specialists;
•    Coordinating, managing, and supervising all planning component activities;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Determining the planning component organizational and logistics needs;
•    Receiving briefings and situation reports and ensures that all planning personnel are kept informed of status changes;
•    Providing situation reports and maintaining records and reports;
•    Preparing performance evaluations for assigned personnel;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.

Logistics Section Chief


Logistics Section Chief


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
The Logistics Section Chief is responsible for managing the Logistics function of the  Task Force and supervising the Task Force Logistics Specialist, Communications Specialist, Support Specialist, Medical Unit, Communications Unit and other personnel as assigned. The Logistics Section Chief reports directly to the Task Force Leader.

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Logistics Section Chief. The intent of these requirements is to select functional managers capable of effectively managing and supervising the logistical component in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Logistics Section Chief must:
1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the development and use of integrated action planning concepts and processes;
2.    Have a working knowledge of USAR forms, documents, and reports;
3.    Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of, information collection and recording, communications systems, and equipment management procedures;
4.    Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of USAR operations, strategy, and tactics; and
5.    Qualified to perform the duties of a shipper of dangerous goods.

Skills
The Logistics Section Chief shall possess the following skills;
1.    Be capable of properly filling out all required documents including; passenger manifest, shipping declarations and bill of lading;
2.    Be capable of securing USAR equipment cache to transportation assets for over the road deployment;
3.    Properly ordering, receiving, distributing and managing complete USAR equipment inventory;
4.    Be capable up setting up and managing a USAR base of operations including a forward equipment staging area;
5.    Be knowledgeable in the application of available technology to support USAR operations, computer programs, databases, etc.; and
6.    Must be capable of supervisory and personnel management practices.

The Logistics Section Chief Should have:
1. NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following
•    Confined space rescue
•    Rope rescue
•    Swift water rescue
•    Trench rescue
•    Fire officer
•    Safety officer
•    Critical incident stress
•    Hazardous material
2. Previous experience in the use of SCBA/SABA; and
3. Previous experience as a project planner, load master, logistics person.

Abilities
The Logistics Section Chief must:
1.    Be able to improvise, resolve conflicts, and solve problem;
2.    Be able to manage assigned personnel, specialized equipment, and local support resources during disaster situations; and
3.    Be able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Logistics Section Chief reports directly to the Task Force Leader. The Logistics Section Chief is responsible for:
•    All duties and responsibilities of the Logistics Specialist plus:
•    Completion of all Task Force Transportation documents (cargo manifests, shipping declarations, bills of lading, etc.);
•    Coordinating, managing, and supervising all logistical activities;
•    Ensuring that all assigned personnel are kept informed of status changes;
•    Maintaining accurate and timely records and reports;
•    Preparing performance evaluations for assigned personnel;
•    Ensuring accountability, maintenance, and repairs for all task force equipment;
•    Ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations;
•    Management of task force transportation fleet
•    Establish appropriate liaison with other internal agencies/organizations and officials throughout the incident site; 
•    Work with Planning Chief to develop the logistical and communications plan; 
•    Coordination of encampment, inclusive but not limited to hoteling, sanitation, power, heat, lighting and communications; 
•    Responsible for the cache, and its maintenance, tracking, deployment/demobilization; 
•    Directly supervise logistics personnel and ensure adherence to all safety procedures; 
•    Responsible for the determination of logistical needs for the whole team, as it relates to encampment, sanitation, communications, and food; 
•    Ability to work closely with the rear party team in addressing team's needs; 
•    Receive briefing and situation reports, and ensure the Planning Chief is informed; 
•    Provide situation reports, maintain records and reports, and prepare performance evaluations; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned 

Logistics Specialist


Logistics Specialist


LOGISTICS SPECIALIST POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
 

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Logistics
Specialists in the DHS/FEMA US&R Response System. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel capable of managing the logistics needs of the Task Force in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Logistics Specialist must:
1.    Have practical knowledge of the terminology and capabilities of all items in the equipment cache;
2.    Have a comprehensive knowledge of the equipment inventory and tracking procedures as defined in the DHS/FEMA US&R Property Accountability System;
3.    Be familiar with the weights and volumes of the cache, military and civilian air cargo regulations, equipment fuel requirements, and the environmental limitations of sensitive equipment and supplies;
4.    Must be trained as a Handler and Packer (non-certifying official) per transportation requirements and regulations – Air and Ground (i.e. IATA, Title 49 CFR, AFMAN 24-204, DOT, etc);
5.    Be familiar with requirements and techniques for food handling in the disaster environment; and
6.    Completion of the DHS/FEMA Logistics Specialist Course.

Skills
The Logistics Specialist shall be able to;
1.    Operate a powered industrial truck in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.178 OSHA requirements for operation of forklifts;
2.    Properly load and secure the US&R equipment cache for over the road deployment;
3.    Properly complete all shipping papers including PAX Manifest, Hazardous Declarations, Bills of Lading etc.; and
4.    Set up a task force base of operations.

Abilities
The Logistics Specialist must:
1.    Have mechanical aptitude and be able to maintain and perform equipment repairs;
2.    Provide accurate records and timely reports;
3.    Be able to effectively organize and plan during crisis situations; and
4.    Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Logistics Specialist is responsible for ensuring the preparation and maintenance of the task force equipment cache. The Logistics Specialist reports directly to the Logistics Team Chief. The Logistics Specialist is responsible for:
•    Coordinating the packaging, transporting, distribution, and maintenance of the Task Force equipment cache prior, during, and subsequent to mission assignments;
•    Coordinating with military and/or civilian officials for transportation needs;
•    Procuring equipment as directed by the Logistics Team Manager;
•    Ensuring accountability and security of the task force equipment cache;
•    Maintaining accurate and timely records and reports;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Maintains and repairs the task force equipment cache;
•    Assist with over-all management of task force facilities and fleet;
•    Coordinate and direct Support Specialists (when staffed); and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned.

Logisitics Backlink Specialist


Logisitics Backlink Specialist


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS 
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Backlink Specialist. The intent of these requirements is to select functional managers capable of effectively managing and supervising the planning component in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Backlink Specialist must:
1.    Have an awareness of other disaster organizations;
2.    Be knowledgeable about municipal purchasing;
3.    Have a previous project manager experience;
4.    Have sufficient knowledge to develop a written or verbal report on the Rear Party status;
5.    Have knowledge of supervisory and personnel management skills; and
6.    Have knowledge and understanding of rescue equipment and tools.

Skills
The Backlink Specialist must:
1.    Have excellent computer skills in the areas of word, excel, web, and inventory tracking software; and
2.    Possess good interagency coordination skills.

The Backlink Specialist should have :
1.    Loadmaster certification for ground and air;
2.    TDG certification, both ground and air;
3.    Understanding of and/or experience with heavy equipment; and
4.    Previous experience dealing with Engineers.

Abilities
The Backlink Specialist must have:
1.    The ability to work well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations;
2.    The ability to be flexible, to improvise, resolve conflicts, and solve problems;
3.    An ability to manage assigned personnel, specialized equipment, and support resources during disaster situations; and
4.    The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Task Force Backlink Specialist is responsible for all home-based logistical needs of the team and information transfer to Calgary Fire Department and STARS during a deployment. The Backlink Specialist Team members report to the Logistics Section Chief. The Backlink Specialist is responsible for:
•    Establishing liaison with other internal agencies/organizations and officials throughout the incident;
•    Work with the Logistics Chief to develop the logistical plan;
•    Coordinate purchasing and securing goods and services for the deployed team;
•    Along with the Logistics Chief, responsible for the cache, and its maintenance, tracking,  deployment/demobilization; 
•    Responsible for the dispersal of information to the Calgary Fire Department and STARS during a deployment; 
•    Providing situation reports and maintaining records and reports;
•    Oversee website updates as it pertains to the family portal during deployments;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.

 

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Rescue Specialist


Rescue Specialist


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS 
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Rescue Specialists. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing the rescue tactics and techniques required in a disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
1.    Knowledge and understanding of basic construction types, materials and methods;
2.    Must be knowledgeable of safety considerations during USAR operations; and
3.    Must be mechanically-inclined and have experience with hand and power tools.

Skills Desired
The Rescue Specialist should:
1.    Be proficient in the skills required at the Technician Level for Structural Collapse as outlined in Chapter 5 NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents;
2.    Be proficient in the skills required at the Technician Level for Rope Rescue as outlined In Chapter 6 NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents;
3.    Be proficient in the skills required at the Technician Level for Confined Space Search and Rescue as outlined in Chapter 7 NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents; and
4.    Be proficient in the skills required at the Technician Level for Vehicle and Machinery Search and Rescue as outlined in Chapter 8 NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

Abilities
Rescue Specialists must have:
1.    The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; and
2.    Be able to deploy by ground or air (fixed or rotary wing).

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
A Rescue Specialist is responsible for carrying out the Rescue Team Manager's strategy for extrication of patients during incident operations and training. The Rescue Specialists report to the Rescue Team Manager . Rescue Specialists are:
•    Responsible for implementing technical skills and operating equipment necessary for completing the rescue portion of the action plan; 
•    Performs rescue operations under the direct supervision of a Rescue Squad Leader and provides periodic progress reports as needed; 
•    Responsible for the applications of appropriate rescue tactics and techniques including rope rescue operations, confined space rescue, shoring and stabilization, breaching, victim packaging and extrication; 
•    Responsible for the safe and effective operation and maintenance of rescue tools and equipment; and
•    Performs additional tasks or duties as assigned. 

Medical Specialist


Medical Specialist


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
The Medical Specialist is responsible for performing the medical function of the task force incident operation. The Medical Specialist reports directly to the Medical Team Manager.

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Medical Specialists in the FEMA US&R Response System. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing medical care required by the task force in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are indented in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Medical Specialist shall:
1. Be currently certified/licensed as a Paramedic or equivalent – Should be certified in BTLS, ACLS, and PALS regimens (or equivalent). Must be actively practicing pre-hospital care on a regular basis.
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2. Be currently certified/licensed as a Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse-Practitioner or Registered Nurse – certified within an accredited organization or municipality and meeting the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic Standards or State certification requirements and actively practicing advanced pre-hospital life support. Should be certified in BTLS, ACLS, and PALS regimens (or equivalent). These individuals must possess the immobilization, extrication, vascular access, and airway management skills of a National Registry Emergency Medical technician – Paramedic. This is specifically intended to exclude nurses with certifications but no regular experience to ensure acceptable mechanical skill levels during mission operations.
3. Individuals must have a knowledge and understanding of medical conditions common to US&R incidents such as lacerations, fractures, shock, crush injury and crush syndrome, burns, penetrating and blunt trauma, head injuries, respiratory embarrassment, hyper/hypothermia, and infections. They must also have experience treating common medical emergencies, eye injuries, minor orthopedic injuries, etc.
4. Have an understanding of the broad range of disaster organizations.
5. Have a working knowledge of general rescue operations at structural collapse sites, landslides, hurricanes, and other such disasters.
6. Have successfully completed the FEMA/US&R Medical Team Training course.
7. Have successfully completed the FEMA/US&R WMD Considerations for Medical Specialists


Skills
The Medical Specialist:
1.    Must understand the need to adhere to pre-established local, municipal or provincial protocols and guidelines for which the Medical Specialist has been trained and certified by the Task Force Medical Director. This should be consistent with the sponsoring jurisdiction’s standard of care and scope of practice.

Abilities
The Medical Specialist:
1.    Must demonstrate proficiency at the technical rescue skill sets identified in Appendix A; and
2.    Must have the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Medical Specialist is responsible for:
•    The general health considerations of and delivery of medical care to all task force personnel, victims, and search dogs, while under the supervision of the Medical Team manger, during disaster events;
•    Implementing the medical action plans specified by the Medical Team Manger;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.

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Canine Handler


Canine Handler


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS 
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Canine Handler. The intent of these requirements is to select handlers fully capable of providing the search techniques and tactics required in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Canine Handler must have:
1.    Knowledge of the capabilities and operations of the canine search component;
2.    A practical knowledge of search strategy and tactics;
3.    A practical knowledge of the theory and types of building construction and collapse;
4.    Successful completion of the Structural Collapse Technician course is desirable but not required;
5.    Be familiar with the principles of building construction, to include how buildings may react in a collapsed situation;
6.    Have an awareness of the hazards associated with the various disaster search environments;
7.    Be familiar with the structural features and conditions that contribute to a high probability of victim survival in a collapsed structure or other disaster environments;
8.    Successful completion of the Canine Search Specialist course; and
9.    Practical knowledge of canine first aid.

Skills
The Canine Handler must:
1.    Be proficient in applying search tactics, strategy, and procedures at collapse sites;
2.    Be proficient in land navigation and site mapping;
3.    Have experience as a task dog handler/trainer;
4.    Have an understanding of canine search operations including team size, check and recheck procedures, and observer responsibilities;
5.    Be competent in canine search handling; and
6.    Completed Basic Rescue consisting of Confined Space (entrant), Basic Rope Rescue, and Trench awareness.

Skills Desired
1.    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following courses: 
•    Confined Space Rescue 
•    Rope Rescue 
•    Swift Water Rescue 
•    Trench Rescue 
•    Fire Officer 
•    Safety Officer 
•    Critical Incident Stress 
•    Hazardous Material Training; 
2.    Structural Collapse training at a technician's level, equivalent to NFPA 1670; and
3.    Previous experience in the use of SCBA

Abilities
The Canine Handler member must:
1.    Be able to support the search team with the canine resource;
2.    Be able to operate safely in adverse environments, including swift water;
3.    Be able to interpret canine behavior and report those results;
4.    Be able to assist in additional Task Force activities that may arise during a mission;
5.    Be able to account for, maintain and utilize issued equipment;
6.    Be able to assist the medical specialist in canine care;
7.    Be able to operate in all natural and manmade disaster environments; and
8.    Be able to deploy by ground or air (fixed or rotary wing).

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
A Canine Handler is responsible for carrying out the Search Manager's strategy for reconnaissance/search activities during incident operations and training. Canine Handlers report directly to the Search Manager. Canine Handlers are:
•    Responsible for searching collapsed structures, water, debris piles, land and mud slides, and fire areas as assigned—using appropriate search techniques and dog handler skills; 
•    Responsible for executing and implementing the incident reconnaissance and search plan; 
•    Responsible for marking and documenting locations of possible finds and, if possible, estimating the status of victims; 
•    Responsible for cooperating with and assisting other search and rescue resources; 
•    Accountable for all issued equipment and canine's health care needs; 
•    Responsible to provide situational reports and records; and
•    Responsible to perform additional tasks or duties as assigned. 

Structural Engineer


Structural Engineer


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Structures Specialists. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing competent assessments and advice to task force personnel in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Structural Engineer Specialist must have:
1.    Must have sufficient skills to develop a written or verbal report on the buildings and or structures in question;
2.    Must be able to function in a confined space and or at height;
3.    Knowledge of how Rescue Specialists are trained to perform Breaking and Breaching, Lifting and Moving, and Shoring Construction. It is recommended that Structure Specialists complete Structural Collapse Technician course, as presented by own Task Force, in order to obtain this Knowledge;
4.    Knowledge of the appropriate types of structural hazard reduction methods for various types of collapsed structures;
5.    Knowledge of victim access methods, and of safe rescue practices and procedures;
6.    Comprehensive knowledge of building materials, to include:
•    Current and past design and construction techniques for wood, masonry, concrete, steel.
•    Knowledge of the behavior of structures under adverse loading conditions.
•    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following courses: 
o    Confined Space Rescue 
o    Structural Collapse Technician 
o    Rope Rescue 
o    Swift Water Rescue 
o    Trench Rescue 
o    Fire Officer 
o    Safety Officer 
o    Critical Incident Stress 
o    Hazardous Material Training

Skills
The Structural Engineer Specialist must be:
1.    A current member in good standing of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geo physicists of Alberta (APEGGA);
2.    A civil engineer with field experience;
3.    Capable of setting up and using various monitoring and other tools available in the equipment cache;
4.    Able to deploy by ground or air (fixed and rotary wing; and
5.    Able to function in a confined space and or at height.

Abilities
The Structural Engineer Specialist must be:
1.    Able to identify features that allow for the determination of the condition of structures subjected to adverse loading from natural and man-made disasters;
2.    Able to identify vertical load and lateral force resisting framing systems and identify the critical elements within those systems;
3.    Able to identify failure indications of building materials;
4.    Able to identify building features that could provide entry or access to victims such as ducts, shafts, etc.;
5.    Able to recommend practical solutions for USAR operations in compromised structures; and
6.    Able to function within the incident command structure.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Structural Engineer Specialist is responsible for performing the various structural assessments for the task force during incident operations. The Structural Engineer Specialist reports directly to the Planning Team Manager. The Structural Engineer Specialist is responsible for:
•    Assessing the structural condition within the area of task force operations, which includes identifying structure types and specific damage and structural hazards;
•    Recommending the appropriate type and amount of structural hazard mitigation in order to minimize risks to task force personnel;
•    Assisting in the development of task force action plans;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Cooperating with and assisting other search and rescue resources;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment;
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission;
•    Monitoring assigned structure for condition changes while rescue and recovery operations are proceeding;
•    Assuming an active role in implementing approved structural hazard mitigation as a designer, inspector, and possibly a supervisor; and
•    Other duties as required.

Technical Info Specialist


Technical Info Specialist


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Technical
Information Specialists. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing competent information management for the task force in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Technical Information Specialist must have:
1.    Knowledge of technical writing, USAR terminology, data collection, documentation procedures, and information analysis of emergency/disaster operations;
2.    Knowledge of the operation of various visual media including, but not limited to, video recorders, audit recorders, and still photography;
3.    Knowledge of standard computer operating systems including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint programs;
4.    Successfully completed the USAR Planning Team Training course;
5.    Knowledge of ICS system and the appropriate forms for documenting incident action/tactical plans; and
6.    Knowledge of the GPS and Map Source software program.

Skills
The Technical Information Specialist must be:
1.    Competent in the use of a portable laptop computer and related software to include but not limited to word processors, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
2.    Capable of uploading and downloading information between the laptop computer and the GPS.
3.    Capable of operating task force issued digital and SLR still camera photography and video recorders to document incident actions.

Abilities
The Technical Information Specialist must be:
1.    Able to collect data and create appropriate summary reports.
2.    Capable of generating and copying appropriate incident tactical plans for distribution to task force members.
3.    Able to transfer electronic data to the printed hard copy format.
4.    Capable of working with other task force members to develop an after action report after every exercise and actual deployment.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Technical Information Specialist is responsible for documenting, tracking, and retrieving all pertinent information for the task force during incident operations. The Technical Information Specialist reports directly to the Planning Section Chief. The Technical Information Specialist is responsible for:
•    Gathering requested information from all available sources and forwarding to the Planning Section Chief for incorporation in the planning function;
•    Documenting (written, audio, and visual mediums) the activities of the Task Force during an assigned mission for onsite and post-incident analysis, historic documentation and post-event critiques, lessons learned, and training;
•    Tracking all pertinent task force personnel information, work schedules, and equipment inventory status;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment;
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission; and
•    Preparing all audio and visual references materials necessary during the mission.

Technical Search Specialist


Technical Search Specialist


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
The Technical Search Specialist is responsible for performing the technical search function of the task force incident operation. The Technical Search Specialist reports directly to the Search Manager.

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Technical Search Specialists in the USAR Response System. The intent of these requirements is to select competent personnel, fully capable of providing state-of-the-art search techniques and tactics required, in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities


Knowledge
The Technical Search Specialist must have:
1.    Completed the USAR Technical Search Specialist Course;
2.    Be proficient in the operation and maintenance of all USAR Technical Search equipment and maintain proficiency as technology changes;
3.    Knowledge of the capabilities and operations of the canine search component;
4.    A practical knowledge of search strategy and tactics;
5.    A practical knowledge of the theory and types of building construction and collapse;
6.    Knowledge of the technical search equipment included in a TF equipment cache; and
7.    Successful completion of the Structural Collapse Technician course is desirable but not required.

Skills
The Technical Search Specialist must:
1.    Be proficient at performing basic electronic trouble shooting, in the field;
2.    Be proficient in the operation of selected technical electronic search equipment in the disaster environment and have a thorough familiarization of the manufacturer’s   manuals and technical publications, as provided;
3.    Be proficient in applying search tactics, strategy, and procedures at collapse sites; and
4.    Be proficient in land navigation and site mapping.

Abilities
The Technical Search Specialist must:
1.    Possess the ability to assess structural integrity, hazards and victim medical condition through the use of technical search equipment;
2.    Have the ability to be flexible, improvise, share information and resolve conflict;
3.    Be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing all findings; and
4.    Be able to operate in all natural and manmade disaster environments.

Description of Duties

The Technical Search Specialist is responsible for:
•    Searching structures in USAR environments or other locations indicated in the mission assignment, utilizing appropriate technical search equipment and techniques;
•    Documenting locations of alerts and, if possible, triaging the status of victims for rescue;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Cooperating with and assisting other search and rescue resources;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs of all issued equipment; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.

Hazmat Specialist


Hazmat Specialist


POSITION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
The Hazardous Materials Specialist is responsible for performing the various hazardous materials functions for the task force during incident operations. The Hazardous Materials Specialist reports directly to the Planning Section Chief.

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Hazardous Materials Specialists. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing competent hazardous materials assessments and advice to Task Force personnel in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

Knowledge
The Hazardous Materials Specialist shall have:
1.    Hazardous Materials training to the Technician level as per NFPA 472;
2.    CBRNE Training;
3.    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following: 
•    Confined Space Rescue 
•    Structural Collapse Technician 
•    Rope Rescue 
•    Swift Water Rescue 
•    Trench Rescue 
•    Fire Officer 
•    Safety Officer 
•    Critical Incident Stress 
4.  Must be a current member of an active hazardous materials response team.

Skills
The Hazardous Materials Specialist:
1.    Must properly utilize the detection monitors and devices in the Task Force cache;
2.    Must properly doff and don all personnel protective equipment in the Task Force cache;
3.    Must be proficient with the set up and use of the decontamination system in the Task Force cache; and
4.    Must be proficient in building triage and USAR marking systems.

Abilities
The Hazardous Materials Specialist shall be capable of:
1.    Working well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations;
2.    Working together as a team to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Planning Section Chief;
3.    Working extended durations in CPC during disaster operations;
4.    Analyze pertinent information relative to the presence of hazardous materials and make recommendations regarding mitigation techniques and personal protective equipment; and
5.    Have the ability to teach personnel in hazardous materials response to the operational level.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The hazardous Materials Specialist reports directly to the Planning Section Chief. The Hazardous Materials Specialist is responsible for:
•    Providing an initial and ongoing survey (detection, monitoring and sampling) for and identification of the presence of hazardous materials at search and rescue sites;
•    Directing decontamination procedures for any task force member or victim;
•    Performing mitigation operations when indicated;
•    Providing assistance and information to medical personnel regarding chemical exposure and injuries;
•    Documenting all related information;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.