Monday, October 30, 2017

Canada Task Force 2 returns from full-scale training exercise in Virginia

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency’s Canada Task Force 2 (CAN-TF2) disaster response team recently returned from participating in a full-scale heavy urban search and rescue (HUSAR) exercise with one of the leading disaster response teams in the United States, Virginia Task Force 1. CAN-TF2 members trained from Oct. 23-26 mentored by an elite and experienced international team, to further build its HUSAR expertise and capability to respond to a simulated earthquake in Nepal.


A contingent of 74 volunteer members, including all heavy urban search and rescue specialties and members of the Incident Management Team, received incredible hands-on training in a variety of roles and scenarios using field facilities in Fairfax County, Virginia.  This experience was a unique and rare opportunity to learn from highly skilled teams, utilize state of the art training facilities, and work through complex HUSAR incidents. Scenarios were realistic, challenging and resulted in many lessons for future operations. 


“We are so grateful to our funding partners to make training opportunities like this possible, keeping members trained to international standards and at the ready to help others when the call comes in,” says Tom Sampson, Chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency.

The associated expenses were funded by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Public Safety Canada and the Kinsmen Club of the Stampede City.

For more information, visit the CANTF2 webpage.


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