Manitoba to Send Urban Search and Rescue to Ft. McMurray
Manitoba will be deploying its Urban Search and Rescue team, Canada Task Force 4 (CAN TF-4) to Ft. McMurray over the weekend. The Office of the Fire Commissioner, who coordinates the 100 member team says that CAN TF-4 will support crews working in the Fort McMurray command centre.
This highly skilled team made up of specially trained emergency response professionals from volunteer, municipal, provincial and federal services can be mobilized within hours and has the capacity to be self-sustaining for up to 10 days in any weather, anywhere in the country.
The search and rescue team is able to respond to a variety of emergencies as well as provide incident management support. There are three similar teams across Canada, located in Vancouver (CAN TF-1), Alberta (CAN TF-2) and Toronto (CAN TF-3).
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) requested that Manitoba assist in the Ft. McMurray incident. Manitoba will be sending 20 team members to assist with co-ordinating the multi-agency response to the emergency, as well as offer relief to other responders.