will provide a significant number of benefits to all sectors of
Emergency Services, our community and to the province and beyond.
benefit would be to the Toronto Emergency Services in streamlining
the training necessary for the Team. It has been established
that the Fire Service in the GTA, and in the province, lacks
the capability to provide the type of service that Toronto HUSAR
will be able to provide. The Fire Service has, and does, offer
components of the overall program but not in the genre of the "Technical
Rescue Specialist". This program will facilitate access
to a wide variety of technical rescue specialties, adding to
the current arsenal. The very nature of the project will enhance
the emergency preparedness of our city.
will provide the ability for the city to deal with any type of
disaster or threat using its in-house resources before requesting
outside assistance. This will ensure a more efficient and more
effective response, getting needed expertise and resources to
the scene sooner. It will allow us to deal with events similar
to Oklahoma City by ourselves and to prepare for events like
the hosting of the Olympic games.
within the Urban Search and Rescue Theatre are extremely labour
intensive. No one jurisdiction is capable of providing this type
of intervention over a prolonged period. It is essential that
all jurisdictions with this capability establish a system by
which all of the various components share as much common information
as possible. Joint training exercises must be encouraged. As
well, operational planning for disasters in each jurisdiction
represented must be published. Through this type of cooperation
Canada's disaster mitigation capabilities will improve, greatly
increasing our national image and reputation as a whole.
Our new city,
and it’s new organization, view this type of initiative
as a great opportunity in terms of the potential for sharing
resources and expertise. This cooperation is not mutually exclusive
to emergency operations but for day to day operations as well.
Our business community will be able to reap the benefits of Toronto
HUSAR because of its dedication to the "business continuity" after
a major emergency. The Team will stay on the scene and work with
local business to re-start the local business economy. The support
we are receiving from the business community, and the growing
list of stakeholders aligning themselves with this project is
largely a reflection of the benefits they see to our community,
to other communities throughout the province and to the federal
community. In addition to the organizations responsibilities
here at home, Toronto HUSAR can provide significant benefits
to global humanitarian efforts. At full readiness, the Team will
be available for deployment anywhere in the world.
Minister Lester B. Pearson made a place for Canada in the world’s
Peacekeeping efforts, he set the stage for world class cities,
such as Toronto, to renew their presence on the humanitarian