Technical Rescue Task Force

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Technical Rescue

Technical rescue teams intervene in particularly difficult or dangerous situations. Intensively trained and taught, they operate in any environment where conventional rescue teams cannot intervene safely.

Interested in joining the team? Contact us.



As per NFPA 1670, members of the Red Deer County Technical Rescue Task Force are trained to the technician and operational levels in:
  • Rope Rescue - Any rescue attempt that requires rope and/or rope systems and related equipment to safely gain access to, and remove patients from hazardous geographic areas / locations with limited access.
  • Confined Space Rescue - An area, other than an underground working, that is enclosed or partially enclosed, is not designed or intended for continuous human occupancy, has limited or restricted means for entry or exit that may complicate the provision of first aid, evacuation, rescue or other emergency response service and is large enough and so configured that a worker could enter to perform assigned work.
  • Aquatic Rescue - Any incident that involves the removal of victim(s) from any body of water other than a swimming pool. This shall include rivers, creeks, lakes, washes and storm drains.
  • Structural Collapse Rescue - The mobilization of resources required to safely and expeditiously locate and remove trapped and often injured victims from partially or totally collapsed structures or environments and the provision of emergency care in doing so.
  • Ground Search - The search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger.
Rescue Personnel Wearing Breathing AparatusOrganization
Currently a 50 member Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team which is organized, trained and equipped to operate as a Medium USAR Task Force. 
Team Members
  • Each member is equipped with their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • All personnel maintain a 24-hour and a 10-day deployment personal capabilities
  • Fully deployable and self sufficient
  • Incident Management capabilities


  • Fully equipped specialty rescue trucks
  • 4 rescue boats with jet motors
  • Command post trailer with communication capabilities
  • Programmable UHF/VHF radios, satellite phone, Internet/WiFi, GPS
  • Full complement of rope rescue equipment including 1,800 feet of rescue rope
  • Complete Supplied Air Breathing Apparatus (SABA) system, including 1,200 feet of airline with hard line voice communication and air monitoring
  • Airbags
  • Breeching and breaking
  • Acoustic listening
  • Search camera capabilities
  • Livestock Response Unit
Livestock Response Unit TrailerLivestock Response Unit
Red Deer County's Livestock Response Unit was the first unit of its kind in Alberta. The response unit is stocked with equipment and supplies to assist in the containment, movement and management of livestock in emergency or disaster situations.

When an emergency involving livestock occurs, the RCMP and local fire services would most likely be the first responders. The Technical Rescue team would be contacted for the Livestock Response Unit, which has valuable equipment like fencing and halters. People with animal handling experience would also be contacted, which may or may not include a veterinarian depending on proximity and timing.


Red Deer County has a livestock population of over 500,000, and over 40,000 animals are transported on Alberta Highways daily. Up to 20,000 animals are processed per day by the livestock industry in Red Deer County and the cities / towns within. That amounts to 6,240,000 animals processed per year. Red Deer County is also home to two major livestock Auction Marts, and freight lines travel through the County connecting Edmonton to Lethbridge.

Any number of disasters could occur that would warrant livestock response.

The Red Deer County Ag Services Board identified the need for a Livestock Response Unit which came to fruition in 2006.  With donations from industry and individuals, Red Deer County and surrounding municipalities now have the ability to provide the service of livestock rescue.  

The Livestock Response Unit offers efficient containment of animals, which can save livestock and human life, and save property. Emergency response personnel are able to work more safely and efficiently as a result of being properly equipped with the contents of the Livestock Response Unit.
For more information, please contact Emergency Management Officer, Tina Colberg.