Statement from the Mayor on support for recovery efforts in Calgary

June 27, 2013 | Safer Communities

“After extensive communication with the City of Calgary and the Office of Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the City of Vancouver’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team is deploying a 30-member contingent tonight to assist with ongoing flood relief and recovery efforts, adding to the 6 City of Vancouver staff that are already assisting in Calgary. An additional 20 members are ready for departure tomorrow if needed in Calgary.

“The City of Vancouver’s team includes Emergency Operations Centre Command Staff, Task Force leaders, and Task Force team members, including staff from Engineering, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Vancouver Police Deparment, the Park Board, and BC Ambulance Service. Their deployment to Alberta will begin tonight and is expected to last roughly 10-14 days. We are pleased that the Province of BC is supporting HUSAR’s deployment and I know that their specific expertise and leading-edge training will make a major difference on the ground in and around Calgary.

“Vancouver’s thoughts and prayers remain with the citizens of Calgary and all of those throughout Alberta who have been affected by the widespread devastation of last week’s flooding. We will continue to coordinate closely with the City of Calgary and Mayor Nenshi’s office to ensure that Vancouver is doing everything possible to support Calgary’s significant recovery efforts in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”

- Mayor Gregor Robertson