Toronto (CAN-TF3) Heavy Urban Search and Rescue

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Heavy Urban Search and Rescue
Agency overview
Formed 2001
Preceding agency
Jurisdiction Toronto
Headquarters Toronto
Employees 130
Annual budget CAD $400,000 (2004)
Agency executive
  • Terry Boyko, HUSAR Project Manager (Deputy Chief, Toronto Fire)
Child agency
  • Toronto Fire Hazmat Team
Website HUSAR

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.

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] The 65 member 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 responsibilities[edit]

  • 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 also[edit]

Other similar units[edit]