February 18, 2016 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - Don’t be alarmed if you see a Buffalo or a Cormorant in the sky next week, the military is just in town to take part in search and rescue training with local groups.
Military personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron will be conducting an exercise from Feb. 22 to 26. Squadron members will be working with provincial search and rescue groups, including Kamloops, to take part in realistic training activities.
“442 Squadron conducts search and rescue operations throughout B.C. and Yukon Territory, and we see the value in training with our SAR partners demonstrated on a regular basis,” Lieutenant-Colonel Clinton Mowbray, Commanding Officer, 442 Squadron, says in a media release. “Their dedication and commitment has created a network of trained volunteers that are ready to respond throughout our area of responsibility and we are happy to have them as part of our team.”
Much of the activity will start out of the airport, which means you will likely see the CH-149 Cormorant and the CC-115 Buffalo aircraft in the sky next week. The bright yellow and red helicopter and plane will also do some training at the Chilcotin Military Training Area near Williams Lake.
Also participating in the exercise will be the B.C. Search and Rescue Association, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, the Provincial Emergency Program Air and the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
CC-115 Buffalo aircraft.
Image Credit: Contributed/19 Wing Comox
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