424 Squadron Conducts Annual SAR Exercise in Sault-Ste. Marie

Master Corporal Chris Auger, a search and rescue (SAR) technician from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, briefs the members of Sault SAR before an exercise scenario during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016. Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera IS04-2016-0002-003

Approximately 80 personnel from 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron, with their CC130H Hercules aircraft and CH146 Griffon helicopters, are conducting a search and rescue (SAR) exercise called TIGEREX 2016 in the Sault-Ste. Marie area from May 9 to 13, 2016.

Sergeant Jody Hynes and Master Corporal Paul-André Forgues, search and rescue technicians from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, prepare to hoist a simulated patient during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016.
Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera

Throughout the week, multiple simulated Major Search scenarios are organized to put the skills of the SAR team to the test. This provides 424 Squadron’s SAR crews, and the crews of partner agencies, invaluable interaction and exposure to how SAR operations are conducted and how they can better work together in responding to life-saving calls. The exercise will focus on boat and land SAR scenarios, medical exercises, local emergency response procedures, as well as night flares.

Supporting 424 Squadron in this exercise are: Canadian Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard, Civil Air SAR Association (Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut), Sault SAR, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, 8 Air Communications and Control Squadron, and local fire hall and ambulance.

“Our SAR team from 8 Wing Trenton consistently trains to provide enhanced SAR services to Canadians. TIGEREX provides realistic training opportunities for our SAR personnel to maintain and further develop their skills through the enactment of simulated incidents and complex rescue scenarios.” explained Colonel Colin Keiver, Commander 8 Wing/CFB Trenton

TIGEREX 2016 is being conducted under all applicable Canadian Armed Forces training regulations to protect both the public and CAF members. Should the need arise; the Squadron’s ability to conduct SAR missions will remain unaffected by the training exercise.

“TIGEREX 2016 provides numerous search exercises with operations taking place away from the Squadron’s main operating base. Our partner organizations from the areas of operation usually help during the search, requiring large scale cooperation and coordination. This exercise provides 424 Squadron members great training opportunities and exposure to such an environment,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Dany Poitras, Commanding Officer, 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron.



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