Posted: February 21, 2018
Public Service Announcement
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron SAREX in Tofino
February 20, 2018 – Comox – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron (442 Sqn) will be conducting a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) based out of Tofino from Sunday, February 25th until Thursday, March 1st.
During the exercise residents of Tofino and Ucluelet, and visitors to Pacific Rim National Park may notice an increase in local air traffic. In particular, there will be a noticeable increase in local flights by the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and the fixed-wing CC-115 Buffalo, recognizable by their distinctive yellow paint schemes. A CC-130H Hercules and several privately owned aircraft may also be involved in the exercise.
The training scenarios are designed to be realistic and will include responses by multiple agencies. Most exercise activity will take place away from communities and park attractions to avoid causing disruption or alarm to residents and visitors. Persons who inadvertently witness a land-based training scenario are welcome to observe but should maintain a space of at least 100 metres between themselves and the exercise activity. Boaters observing a water-based training scenario should maintain a space of 400 metres.
In addition to military search and rescue personnel the exercise will include key partners from the RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada, BC Parks, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), the United States Coast Guard, and the Tofino Airport Authority.
For more details please see: 422 Transport and Rescue Squadron webpage.