Urban Search and Rescue
A terrorism act is a crime scene, and as such police knowledge and skill is required to protect the crime scene, collect evidence, rescue trapped victims, and recover deceased persons.
UCRT officers responding to an USAR environment have the tools, equipment and skills to rescue victims within a structural collapse environment. To effectively respond to incidents UCRT members are trained in:
- physical search and rescue operations in damaged and collapsed structures
- structural and hazard evaluations
- operate in a known or suspect contaminated environment
- "size-up" and "recon" structures affected by disasters
The mandate of UCRT USAR is to be the lead agency and set the standard for the Urban Search and Rescue community, not just provincially, but federally. UCRT also provides lead instructors in joint training with Toronto Task Force 3. UCRT maintains a high level of skill in technical and equipment operations, such as thermal imaging, search cameras, fiber optics, ground penetrating radar and breaching and breaking tools. Members are also skilled in carpentry, electrical, welding, hydraulics and heavy machinery operations to name a few.
The UCRT USAR element is a team of highly skilled and motivated members who are fit and dedicated toward the role of tactical support. Other duties include but are not limited to: equipment and maintenance readiness, public displays, speaking engagements and procurement responsibilities. In addition members also focus on research/development and assist in specialized field training such as ice rescue.USAR Training
Officers attend a basic five week training course at Texas A&M University. Ongoing training occurs in Bolton at the Special Operations Centre. UCRT members also participate in Provincial and National USAR exercises on a semi-annual and annual basis.