Nu­clear prepa­ra­tion

Saskatchewan Dra­goons or­ga­nize mil­i­tary ex­er­cise

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - COMING UP - JOSHUA SAN­TOS

Don­ning gas masks and heavy ar­tillery, the Saskatchewan Dra­goons pre­pared for an ex­er­cise on Wed­nes­day night in Dieppe Park.

A pa­trol com­man­der su­per­vised a group of five mem­bers to train for chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear (CBRN) de­fence.

If an en­emy dropped a sub­stance such as mus­tard gas, they would send the group to find and in­ves­ti­gate the af­fected area.

“The main idea … is to pro­tect peo­ple from what could be a haz­ard en­vi­ron­ment,” said Sgt. Steven Cox.

Dur­ing the prac­tice, real chem­i­cals, dan­ger­ous items and live am­mu­ni­tion were not used. They said the pro­gram could also help con­cerned cit­i­zens.

“It can be used to pro­tect civil­ians, to put up the warn­ing signs so civil­ians and mil­i­tary mem­bers aren’t go­ing to that area, get­ting con­tam­i­nated, sick or dy­ing from what has been used there,” said Sgt. Mike Cook.

With some mem­bers an­a­lyz­ing the un­known com­po­nent, other per­son­nel were on watch-duty on G-Wag­ons, ar­moured Jeeps out­fit­ted for bat­tle, with un­loaded ma­chine guns and ri­fles.

The ac­tiv­ity served as a re­cruit­ment op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants. The pub­lic was also in­vited to watch and ask ques­tions.

Troops are com­posed of part-time Cana­dian armed forces mem­bers.

Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice leads up to fur­ther and higher-level train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the vil­lage of Bur­dick on Sept. 30, where they would prac­tice at a faster pace and use blanks.

The prac­tices are part of the Saskatchewan Dra­goon’s readi­ness train­ing that oc­curs on an an­nual ba­sis.


Sgt. Mike Cook dresses up for a chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, ra­di­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear (CBRN) ex­er­cise.

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