Red Deer County News

Posted on: January 12, 2018

Technical Rescue - 2017 Year In Review

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In 2017, members of the Red Deer County Technical Rescue Task Force attended 49 incidents for a total of 1,244 person hours. Incidents included, but were not limited to, assisting fire on explosion, motor vehicle collision and structure fire calls as well as water incidents, water/cliff rescue assists, missing person searches and responses to incidents involving livestock with the Livestock Response Trailer.

Members also attended 51 special events for a total of 998 person hours which included events such as parades, presentations, and demonstrations.

The Technical Rescue Task Force requires the volunteer membership to participate in ongoing training throughout the year. Regular training nights are held on Friday nights and additional training is scheduled throughout the year, usually on weekends. In 2017, the volunteers attended 138 unique training exercise for a  total of 6,724 hours.

An Awards ceremony, held in December, welcomed eight new members to the team who successfully completed the 13 week new recruit training serial. Long service awards were handed out to nine members for 2 years of service and six members for 5 years of service.

The Alberta Emergency Services Medals for 12 years of service were presented to four members, along with the AESM Bars for 22 years (3 members), 32 years (1 member) and 40 years (1 member).

The RCMP Search and Rescue (SAR) awards were presented for 5 years of service to six members, 10 years of service to five members, 15 years of service to one member and 20 years of service to one member. Red Deer County would like to thank the volunteers for their continued service to the team.

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