Can-TF2 is one of only four nationally recognized Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) teams in Canada. The additional three teams are located in Vancouver (Can-TF1), Toronto (Can-TF3), and Manitoba (Can-TF4). Collectively, these four teams lead Canada's emergency response initiative in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).
HUSAR Task Forces locate trapped persons in collapsed structures and other entrapments using specially trained dogs and electronic search equipment. The Task Forces breach, shore, lift and remove structural components, use heavy construction equipment to remove debris, and medically treat and transfer victims.
As a HUSAR team, Can-TF2 responds with up to 70 specialized team members within 6 hours, via ground or air, and operates 24 hours a day for up to 14 days with the specialized equipment to be fully self-sustaining.
Elements of a HUSAR team include:
- Search (Canine and Technical Search)
- Rescue (Structural Collapse, Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue)
- Medical (Treatment for victims and rescuers)
- Technical (Engineers, HazMat, and other specialties)
- Logistics (Providing for the needs of the team - equipment and facilities))
- Command (An organized structure to manage the objective of the incident)