Specialty teams

Did you know that Emergency Services has three specialty teams that are trained to respond to a variety of emergencies that require specific additional training? These teams have been deployed locally and provincially to assist those in need.

Technical Response Team

This team offers specialty rescue services such as technical rope rescue, confined space rescue and urban search and rescue (USAR) including structural collapse and trench rescue. 

The team practices on the slopes of the North Saskatchewan River, repelling down buildings and in small, confined spaces. 

Please note training dates listed below are subject to change and will be updated when possible. 

Training dates

2021

  • June 3
  • June 4
  • June 5 
  • September 24
  • October 6
  • November 27 
  • December 9

2022

  • January 25
  • February 22
  • March 22
  • April 25
  • May 31
  • June 6
  • June 8
  • June 10
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 29
  • December 13

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team (UAV)

The UAV team has six pilots trained to fly one of two unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The UAV is equipped with a heat-seeking camera that can assist with wildfires and large building fires hot-spot identification, search and rescue operations and Police/Bylaw overwatch.

In October of 2014, SCES became the first fire department in Canada to receive certification to fly as part of its operations. 

Please note training dates listed below are subject to change and will be updated when possible. 

Training dates

2021

  • June 22
  • September 10
  • October 20
  • November 17 
  • December 3

2022

Dates to be announced

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Water Rescue Team (WRT)

This team is trained to respond to aquatic emergencies quickly and effectively. This team trains throughout the year to practice rescues for each season. 

It is very important during the spring melt, to stay off the river and take extra precautions when around large bodies of water. 

Unique to the region, Strathcona County has an airboat that is very similar to the ones most people associate with the everglades in Florida. It has a very large fan that propels the boat across water, ice or snow. It has been used to rescue people on the North Saskatchewan River and on some of our larger bodies of water in the County. 

The boat can be quite loud especially on a cold winter day. If you live near Half Moon Lake, Hastings Lake, North or South Cooking Lake, you may hear it when the team is training or during a rescue. 

Please note training dates listed below are subject to change and will be updated when possible. 

Training dates

2021

  • July 13
  • July 15
  • July 19
  • July 27
  • August 27
  • September 10
  • October 16
  • November 19

2022

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 10
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 20
  • June 22
  • June 24
  • September 22 
  • October 6 
  • November 3 
  • December 15

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Speciality teams in action

More information
emergencyservices@strathcona.ca
780-467-5216

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Last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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