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High angle rescue

From high atop Calgary's skyscrapers to steep riverbanks and worksites, the Calgary Fire Department's High Angle Rescue Team offers rescue and public safety services for situations that require rope and rope-rescue techniques.

The team has provided rescue services since 1983 and was one of the first of its kind in North America. Members consistently expand their knowledge and technical ability to deliver world-class rescue services to the Calgary community.

The team is strategically based from two fire stations in downtown Calgary, allowing for rapid response time in both the urban core and outside areas as required.

Services provided include rescues involving injured or trapped victims in a variety of challenging environments, including:

  • Building exteriors
  • Building interiors and shafts
  • Construction sites
  • Tower cranes
  • Bridges
  • Electrical transmission towers
  • Slopes or ravines

The team will also remove or stabilize glass or debris that threatens public safety.

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Firefighter training for high angle rescue
Firefighter training for high angle rescue