Technical Rescue Team
The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) has a team of more than 90 firefighters who specialize in all aspects of heavy rescue and other advanced search and rescue procedures. Their training prepares them to work in dangerous and arduous conditions, including the following scenarios:
High Angle and Low Angle Rescue
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
- Electrical transmission towers
- Slopes or ravines
The team will also remove or stabilize glass or debris that threatens public safety.
Members train extensively in analysis, search methods and rescue procedures in structures built with wood, steel, brick and reinforced concrete. They use a variety of specialized equipment, including hydraulic breaching tools and miniature search cameras.
The team will respond to situations where people become trapped in hazardous or difficult-to-access environments, such as silos, tankers and other vessels. Crews will use supplied-air breathing apparatus and extrication tools to help effect timely rescues.
Mechanical entrapment/vehicle extrication
The heavy rescue unit's expertise is called upon in cases where people are trapped in industrial machinery or vehicles. Team members specialize in safe stabilization and disentanglement procedures, as well as post-accident medical protocols
Team members receive extensive hands-on training in rope and mechanical-advantage systems and are able to work effectively within extreme environments, including high altitude to below-grade horizontal or vertical environments.
Team members are experienced and well trained in trench and tunnel collapses. A fully equipped trench rescue unit is on standby to initiate an immediate rescue of trapped or injured underground workers.