Home > About Vancouver > All News > City of Vancouver sends Canada Task Force-1 members to support wildfire fight

City of Vancouver sends Canada Task Force-1 members to support wildfire fight

July 11 2017

Vancouver Search and Rescue staff at a wreckage site

The City of Vancouver has sent six members of Canada Task Force-1, Vancouver's Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team, to support efforts to respond to the wildfires that have triggered the declaration of a province-wide state of emergency.

Six staff members are headed to the provincial emergency operations centres in Prince George and Kamloops.

An Emergency Planning Coordinator, one of the City's key staff in the Office of Emergency Management, has also been deployed to Prince George to help with fire response.

Vancouver City Manager Sadhu Johnston is also offering further assistance as needed.

Task Force-1 members 

Canada Task Force-1 is a special operations team of up to 120 members with backgrounds in:

  • Medical
  • Fire suppression
  • Emergency response
  • Search and rescue
  • Engineering

The team members are available as a key emergency response resource for our citizens across the province, nationally, and internationally when required and appropriate