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Notable Call Outs:


As a team, and as individuals, we consider it a duty to participate in community searches for missing / lost children and / or missing persons.


For example, the month of August 2005 was notably busy for the York Regional Police with such incidents in the areas of Newmarket, Markham, north of Toronto.  An aggregate total of over 1,300 community residents volunteered to help in the YRP organised searches.  The DVR team also volunteered and was called out, to participate in a number of these occasions.




Team Meeting, usually the third Wednesday or Thursday of the month.  There are various training sessions on an as needed basis, such as familiarization with team procedures.  In addition there are various courses such as Red Cross, St. John First Aid (w/C.P.R), F.A.S.T. Rescue (First Responder) and others.  Usually combined with the monthly meetings are pre event briefings and planetary sessions, which are followed with debriefings immediately after the event.  We are always honing our skills.




Safety planning, resource deployment, communications provision and monitoring safety of participants for annual events such as:


     -/-  Bob Hartwell Half Marathon in Aurora

     -/-  Persechini Easter Seals Run / Walk-a-thon in Newmarket

     -/-  World's Longest Street Festival - Yonge Street Festival (by Aurora Chamber of Commerce)

     -/-  Newmarket Car Club Demolition Derby and other activities

     -/-  Kanata Festivals (Canada Day) in Newmarket, Aurora

     -/-  Canada Day Fireworks, safety, traffic direction ( Aurora & Newmarket )

     -/-  Markham Ribfest and Music Festival (supporting Markham Rotary Club Foundation)

     -/-  Newmarket Fiddle and Step Dance Festival

     -/-  St. Thomas Ontario Fire Muster (Labour Day Weekend) (w/St. Thomas REACT)

     -/-  Terry Fox Run / Walk-A-Thon in Aurora ( Terry Fox Foundation )

     -/-  Girls Inc. (was Big Sisters) Howl (was Thrill) on The Hill Run and Walk-A-Thon (Aurora)

     -/-  North York / York Region Community Halloween Patrol

     -/-  Aurora Skating Club Ice Show ( Aurora )

     -/-  Santa Claus Parades in Aurora, Newmarket and Markham

     -/-  and other community events.


Activities have included:

  • Take Back The Night March for Womens Support Network of York Region

  • 200 Years Yonge Street Parade - over 10km, (Newmarket to East Gwillimbury) providing security, planning, communications and monitoring participant safety throughout the event.

  •  Special Olympics World Winter Games, Floor Hockey Venue, assistant managers of security, planning, communications and monitoring participant safety throughout the event.

  •  Oakville / Burlington "Take Back the Night", route communications & safety.

  •  York Region Red Cross Car Rally, 112km road course design outlay, planning & operation of event.

  •  Newmarket 87's versus Russian Red Army hockey game, security, traffic direction, communications.

  •  London Winterfest - Dreams on Ice for Children's Wish Foundation, security for arena and personal security for celebrities.

  •  Safety Information - Boy Scouts - demonstrations, scenarios, how to deal with real emergencies.

  •  Stratford - Heart and Stroke Foundation Ride for Heart, communications, monitoring participant safety.

  •  Safety Break on Highway 48, near Sutton, to encourage holiday drivers to take a break from traveling and have a refreshment, thereby limiting the dangers of accidents caused by fatigue.

  •  Emergency search at Mississauga General Hospital and surrounding area.

  •  Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket, display promoting road and water safety.

  •  York Region Red Cross "Operation Unity" - simulated emergency exercise, operational communication and evacuation.

  •  Red Cross EMO ( Pickering '95 Exercise - registration, inquiry & transportation).

  •  1999, Operation Parasol ( Kosovo Refugees ) at CFB Borden.

  •  2001, 9-11 crisis: entire team deployed in 90 minutes of the Call Out.

  •  2003, Initial deployment by Red Cross, SARS crisis in Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill.

  •  2004, heavy rain flood crisis - highway 48 in Sutton Ontario (Lake Simcoe), assist OPP & YRP.

  •  2005, heavy rain flood crisis - highway 404 in Markham and north, assist YRP

  •  DVR over the decades has been involved in many community emergencies, events, as well as group activities which are not listed here.

  •  Members routinely assist motorists on the roadways and highways.


Hartwell Run


Persechini Easter Seals


Longos Family Day


Terry Fox 25th Anniversary


Howl on the Hill


Newmarket Santa Parade


Markham Santa


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