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MULTIMEDIA: Help comes from the sky during military search-and-rescue training

Royal Canadian Air Force members from 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron held a four-day, search and rescue exercise this week, based out of Summerside, P.E.I. Photojournalist Tim Krochak tagged along for this mock plane crash scenario.
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Royal Canadian Air Force members from 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron held a four-day, search-and-rescue exercise this week.

The SAREX event, based out of Summerside, P.E.I., held scenarios in areas near Miramichi, N.B. and Sydney. 

Ninety-two military personnel, two Hercules aircraft and two Cormorant helicopters took part in this training. Canadian Coast Guard and Civil Air Search and Rescue also played roles in some of the scenarios.

Search and rescue (SAR) technicians parachuted out of aircraft onto land and water during both day and night, working through various types of rescues. 

There are five major SAR squadrons Canada, based in Winnipeg, Trenton, Ont., Comox, B.C., Gander, N.L., and Greenwood.

SAR techs undergo rigorous training, not only to gain expertise in parachuting, swimming, diving, high angle and other skills needed for their work in land or sea rescue, but also to become primary-care paramedics. 

During this particular scenario, six SAR techs, with assistance from their Hercules flight crew and that of a Cormorant helicopter, dropped supplies and parachuted to the scene of a simulated small-plane crash, which had multiple casualties, on property near Summerside, P.E.I.



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