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Routine Search & Rescue Training - National Defence

Date Posted: Jul 12, 2018

Public Service Announcement from National Defence For Immediate Release PSA 20180712 July 12, 1018 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron to Conduct Routine Search and Rescue Training in the Gimli area 12 July, 2018 - 17 Wing Winnipeg, Manitoba – National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces 435 Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron will conduct routine search and rescue training in the vicinity of Gimli, Manitoba on Wednesday, 12 July from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. The training exercise is part of 435 Squadron’s ongoing training of search and rescue (SAR) crews. The exercise will involve one CC-130 Hercules aircraft and will include the execution of low-level aerial search patterns as well as the deployment of equipment bundles, smoke emitters and night flares. Search and rescue is a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week responsibility for 435 Squadron. One aircraft is permanently assigned to SAR stand-by duty and is equipped to aid people, aircraft or vessels in distress. When they are not called upon to help in cases of an aeronautical emergency, search and rescue crews train regularly to maintain the skills necessary to conduct search and rescue missions throughout Canada. 435 Squadron, operating out of 17 Wing Winnipeg, Man., and 424 (T&R) Squadron, operating out of 8 Wing Trenton, Ont., provide primary SAR response for the Trenton Search and Rescue Region, the largest in Canada, which extends from Quebec City to the British Columbia/Alberta border, and from the Canada/United States border to the North Pole. Associated Links - 30 - If anyone should find a spent flare or other ordinance, please contact local police services immediately. Do not approach or attempt to remove these objects yourself.

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