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To: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews
We, the undersigned, ask that you continue funding Canada's five Heavy Urban Search and Rescue units.
These teams are highly trained and specialize in difficult rescues where adequate emergency resources may be lacking.
Municipal emergency responders do not have the training or equipment to handle catastrophic events, as evidenced by Elliot Lake's inability to implement rescue operations quickly enough after the mall roof collapse.
In light of this recent tragedy, to continue to be complacent about emergency preparedness would be carelessly negligent.