Toronto (CAN-TF3) Heavy Urban Search and Rescue

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HUSAR is the Toronto Heavy Urban Search and Rescue unit CAN-TF3 - a USAR unit able to response to disaster situations at a city, provincial and national level as well as offer international assistance.

Heavy Urban Search and Rescue
Agency overview
Preceding agency
Annual budgetCAD $500,000 (2018)
Agency executive
  • Matthew Pegg, Fire Chief, Toronto Fire Services
Child agency
  • Toronto Fire Hazmat Team

CAN-TF3 is operated by Toronto Fire Services, in collaboration with Toronto Police Service and Toronto EMS created to deal with search and rescue operations in the City of Toronto.[1] This specialized unit was created following the events of September 11, 2001 and allows the city to deal with large-scale disasters. The unit can respond to situations outside of the city, and offer provincial, national, as well as international assistance.

The cities of Vancouver,[2] Calgary,[3] and the province of Manitoba, also currently have, or are developing, similar interoperable Heavy USAR capacity.[4]

Roles and responsibilitiesEdit

  • Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Planning & Technical Information
  • Logistics
  • Command


Product list and details
 Make/Model   Type   Purpose   Origin 
Ford F250   United States van OSU-1 Search & Communications ex-Toronto Paramedic Services 927 Type 2 ambulance
Ford F600/Dependable Emergency Equipment (USA) truck OSU-2 Incident Support Unit ex-East York Fire Department Rescue # 2
Ford Louisville 9000   United States tractor and trailer OSU-3 Base of Operations ex-commercial trailer
1990s Volvo VHD roll on-off truck OSU-4 (Shoring Unit) ex-City of Toronto Works Department truck
Ford 3500 series   United States bus OSU-5 Search Dog Unit ex-school bus
Western Star CNV   United States tractor and trailer OSU-6 Rescue Unit ex-pop deliver truck
Princeton Piggyback/BIC Hydraulics All Terrain Forklift Support Units
Argo Response   United States ATV all terrain transport
John Deere Gator TH 6X4   United States ATV field transport
MCI 102 Highway Coach   Canada bus personnel transport ex-GO Transit bus


A list of major deployments of CAN-TF3:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "HUSAR". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  2. ^ Harrington, Jeff (2015-05-02). "Vancouver's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue team disappointed it's not in Nepal". CBC News.
  3. ^ "Canada Task Force 2".
  4. ^ "Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR)", Public Safety Canada
  5. ^ [1]