The USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Response Team (U.C.R.T.) is a unit of highly trained specialists created to deal with the potential of new and emergering threats of terrorism. Following the attacks on the United States of America on September 11, 2001, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted an analysis resulting in the creation of PERT. In Feb 2010 after a formal in depth review, Commissioners' Committee approved changes to the PERT mandate including a name change.. U.C.R.T. The new mandate continues to include response to incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), Explosive Disposal (EDU) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). The also have specialized equipment to assist internal and external agencies in the areas of technical search.
Under the command of the Emergency Management Section of the Field Support Bureau, all UCRT members are trained in CBRN and USAR. Further specialized training includes Police Explosive Technician, and Canine Handler courses.
All U.C.R.T. members are O.P.P. members who have extensive skill and knowledge in their various specializations. Once selected, they are trained as Hazardous Material and C.B.R.N. Technicians. Members also receive training in U.S.A.R. which includes structural collapse, rope rescue and confined space. U.C.R.T. members are responsible for maintaining a high level of expertise in these specialized areas. As well, members must maintain a very high level of physical fitness to meet the demands of their specialized functions.
In conjunction with their specialized functions, U.C.R.T. members also provide assistance to the O.P.P.'s Regional Emergency Response Teams (E.R.T.) in areas of public order (Obstruction Removal, Decontamination), search and rescue, and evidence searches.
U.C.R.T. maintains a working partnership/relationship with municipal, provincial and federal responders as well as the Centre for Forensic Sciences,Toronto to ensure a seamless response to incidents.