On April 7, Toronto Fire Services' Special Operations Training Centre
at 200 Bermondsey Road, hosted a mass casualty search and rescue
exercise from a collapsed structure.
Initially, Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) search dogs identified where about 20-30 people were
trapped under concrete, wood and steel rubble, then the Toronto
Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team (HUSAR) performed technical rescue
HUSAR is, "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
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.
in conjunction with Sunnybrook - Osler Centre for Pre-Hospital Care,
developed the mutually beneficial scenario that was designed to
exercise their emergency procedures and guidelines.