VICTORIA, BC -The Victoria Fire Department is teaming up with Saanich Fire Department in providing Tower Crane Rescue Response to the Capital Regional District.

The signing of the Tower Crane Rescue Services Agreement between Victoria and Saanich fire departments means all construction sites in Greater Victoria will now have access to the trained members of both fire departments when Technical High Angle Rope Rescue (THARR) is required. Until now, Saanich Fire Department has been the only one capable of rescuing a crane operator from heights up to 300 feet.

"We're extremely proud to be able to increase our level of service to industry, our own internal City workers, and to the Capital Regional District," said Victoria Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Paul Bruce.

"The leadership shown by these fire departments is appreciated by the construction industry as it provides a safer working environment for the tower crane operators and construction workers in general," said Grant McMillan, Chair of the construction Association of BC.

The City of Victoria will be training 32 members (eight members per shift) in High Angle Rope Rescue. In conjunction with Saanich Fire Department's Tower Crane rescue, this would provide a regional team with a minimum of 64 professionally-trained, rapid response members capable of providing all Tower Crane rescues in the Capital Regional District.

Tower crane incidents are rare, but when they occur, it takes specific skills to bring the operator down from heights of up to 300 feet. While the training was developed initially to assist tower crane operators on constructions sites, fire departments and other organizations have used it for the rescue of window washers, stranded hikers and members of the public stuck in high places.

The THARR Program, established in 1994 in response to a demonstrated industry need, was a result of a partnership among industry, labour, fire departments and WorkSafeBC.

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