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    Default Saskatchewan Forest Fires - Operation LENTUS 15-02

    For those who don't know, several hundred soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group has deployed to support the Province of Saskatchewan with their fire fighting activities. Most of the soldiers are coming from 1 and 3 PPCLI, based here in Edmonton. A small party from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron are also in location. Joint Task Force - West (JTF-W) is checking what additional capacities exist in the Reserve Brigades in Western Canada, 41 CBG (Alberta), 39 CBG (BC), and 38 CBG (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) in order to sustain operations and assist with future tasks.

    Operation LENTUS page is here:
    http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operation...op-lentus.page

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    Great use of resources!

    Wonder why there is not a fulltime response group, that responds on a less critical level. Things such as floods, fires, blizzards, oil spills, etc. They would not require the full military training or regiment but more in critical (not emergency) response, and something that does NOT leave Canada. They would be fully mobile but centrally based. Ever year we hear of firefighters form other provinces or countries responding - this would reduce that need. Also hopefully prevent these events from becoming an 'emergency'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJMorrocco View Post
    Great use of resources!

    Wonder why there is not a fulltime response group, that responds on a less critical level. Things such as floods, fires, blizzards, oil spills, etc. They would not require the full military training or regiment but more in critical (not emergency) response, and something that does NOT leave Canada. They would be fully mobile but centrally based. Ever year we hear of firefighters form other provinces or countries responding - this would reduce that need. Also hopefully prevent these events from becoming an 'emergency'.
    I think those roles have always been served by the military. Maybe a cross section of our society (police, military, healthcare workers, etc) should be trained up for various peak and sudden demand needs, and paid retainers to always be on the ready.

    BTW I was in Cold Lake a couple days ago. Lots of smoke!

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