The heart and
soul of a specialty rescue team is the people who are involved
in it. Long term commitment on top of all firefighting duties
No tools or
technology can substitute for lack of training and experience.
Proper training is necessary for any rescue team to safely and
effectively conduct rescue operations. Other than the financial
aspect of this project, training will be the second biggest investment
necessary for this project. It is important to state early in
this section that although there is some very specialized training
that will be required specifically for the actual Team members,
the majority of the training necessary for this project is also
necessary for Toronto Fire Services Operations Division.
required for this project will be substantial. Toronto Fire Services
is up to the challenges in these areas and Toronto HUSAR will
be a success because of the leadership and determination that
is shared by the new organization.
It is the
intention of this project to ensure that each Team member has
been trained to a level slightly higher than is expected. The
training for each member will vary depending on his or her position
and areas of responsibility.
As with many
existing training programs the training for this project will
follow a four level model. Awareness Level (I), Operations Level
(II), Technician Level (III), and Specialist.
The four levels
for our purposes are defined as:
the ability to recognize a problem and identify the appropriate
an ability to work in a defensive situation, generally inside
the perimeter of a disaster area but outside the collapsed
an ability to work in an offensive situation, inside the
a level of knowledge, more advanced than the technician level.
training includes in part, the following:
- Crush injury
awareness and treatment
functions and operations
- Basic canine
are in addition to the experience and requisite knowledge team
members must have to perform in their regular day to day jobs.
programs will be in compliance with all of the applicable standards
both for safety and for the consistency and thoroughness of the
training. All training will be competency based and will require
evaluation. Training currency will be maintained according to
the national standards, which are being developed, and any industry
and education information and Standard Operating Guidelines will
be developed as necessary and will be implemented as the Team