Londoners near Wolseley Barracks might notice a little more action than usual this weekend, with the 31st Canadian Brigade Group of the Canadian Armed Forces performing realistic disaster scenarios.
The planned training is all the more relevant as the soldiers are training for scenarios similar to the massive flooding in British Columbia at this time.
“It’s ironic that we are here at our headquarters when a similar headquarters has been deployed to help in flood situations. Our service is therefore very relevant insofar as it is a real situation, ”said Lt. Col. Alex Colic.
About 100 local Army Reserve soldiers conduct a simulated emergency scenario-based exercise in Ontario.
The scenario is designed to provide a realistic, simulated response to a request for assistance (PD) from a Canadian community, such as a COVID-19 pandemic, an ice storm, or a natural gas leak.
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With climate change making problems like wildfires or flooding more frequent, Colic said it was important for the military to be trained to respond at all times.
“All of this is designed so that when the Canadian government asks for help, we can mobilize successful teams and send them across Canada to support our fellow citizens,” said Colic.
A semi-permanent tent-like structure is installed on the ground of the Wolseley Barracks, which can house up to 150 soldiers and serves as a mobile command base with flooring, heating, lighting and insulation.
Lieutenant (Navy) Andrew McLaughlin noted that the Canadian Army Reserve has two tasks: one to help missions abroad and the other to help Canadians in need.
“Being there for Canadians when they need us there most there, and that means in crisis situations when Canadian communities go through the process of asking for help and find themselves in need, the CAF are able to intervene. “
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