Canadian Rangers complete major exercise

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The Canadian Rangers completed the largest four-day search and rescue training exercise of its kind in Ontario’s Far North.

The exercise involved 80 Rangers from 18 First Nations. Four communities –Attawapiskat, Peawanuck, Sachigo Lake, and Mishkeegogamang – had to deal with complex scenarios requiring simultaneous searches for missing persons. Due to the complexity of the searches required, more personnel were required so Rangers from neighbouring communities were flown in to assist.

The training tested the Rangers’ abilities to respond quickly to life-threatening emergencies and work with Rangers from other communities. It also tested the Canadian Army’s ability to organize reinforcements and co-ordinate multiple searches.

“To see the leadership that’s been exhibited by the Rangers in this exercise has been amazing,” said Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, 4th Canadian Division commander.

“The collaboration between the different patrols was amazing. The thing I liked the most was the learning and the sharing going on between the Rangers from the different patrols. It was absolutely fantastic.”

Sergeant Jackson Beardy, commander of the Sachigo Lake Ranger patrol, said the exercise in his community was a success.

“The community did not know that much about the Rangers until now,” said Sgt Beardy. “They took a great interest in this exercise. They saw what we did, and now have a much better idea of what we can do. The Army has given us the training required to respond professionally. And we did.”

The Canadian Rangers are part-time reserve soldiers in remote and isolated communities across Canada’s North.

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