Saskatchewan Dragoons organize military exercise
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.