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

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Master Corporal Paul-André Forgues, a search and rescue technician from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, checks on a simulated patient while being hoisted during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016. Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera

A search and rescue technician from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron approaches the landing site during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016. Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera IS04-2016-0002-011
A search and rescue technician from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron approaches the landing site during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016.
Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera

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, Ont. area from May 9 to 13, 2016.

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.

“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.” said, Colonel Colin Keiver, Commander 8 Wing/CFB Trenton

Corporal Annel Carballo, a medical technician from 24 Health Services Centre (Trenton), applies prosthetic make-up on the face of a simulated patient before an exercise scenario during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016. Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera IS04-2016-0002-005
Corporal Annel Carballo, a medical technician from 24 Health Services Centre (Trenton), applies prosthetic make-up on the face of a simulated patient before an exercise scenario during TIGEREX 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on May 10, 2016.
Photo: Master Corporal Jonathan Barrette, CF Combat Camera

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.

“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

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.