Provincial SAR Partners prepare for yet another busy SAR season!

“More than 60 personnel from 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron, with their CC-130H Hercules aircraft and CH-146 Griffon helicopters, will conduct TIGEREX 2016, a search and rescue (SAR) exercise, in the Sault-Ste. Marie, Ontario area from May 9 to 13, 2016.

Throughout the week, multiple simulated SAR (search and rescue) scenarios are organized to put the skills of the SAR team to the test.  This provides 424 Squadron’s SAR crews, and the crews of partner agencies, invaluable interaction and exposure to how SAR operations are conducted and how they can better work together in responding to life-saving calls. The exercise will focus on boat and land SAR scenarios, medical exercises, as well as local emergency response procedures”.

Once again, CASARA Ontario has been invited to participate alongside our SAR partners including the Royal Canadian Air Force 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron – 8 Wing – CFB Trenton, Ontario. With them will be the JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) from CFB Trenton, Ontario. Also working with 424 Squadron will be the 429 Combat Support Squadron from CFB Bagotville, Quebec with a CH146 Griffon helicopter. The Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, The Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire and emergency medical services. Joining us this year will also be CASARA zones from Nunavut and Quebec (SERABEC). 424 Squadron hold this exercise annually for the purpose of preparing themselves for the upcoming SAR season where the frequency of callouts increase substantially as the warmer weather arrives.

This exercise provides CASARA zones the unique opportunity to interact directly with our SAR Partners. The focus for CASARA will be on interoperability and the learning experience that comes with complex training scenarios – both flying and on the ground homing.

CASARA Mission Statement – The mission of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) is to support Canada’s Search and Rescue (SAR) program and to promote SAR Awareness.

CASARA Vision Statement – The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) will continue to evolve          and support the Canadian Search and Rescue (SAR) and SAR Awareness Programs through leadership, continuous training of its volunteers and education of the general aviation community.

CASARA is a national volunteer organization funded by the Department of National Defense. Our volunteers provide air search assistance to the Royal Canadian Air Force, and promote flight safety for general aviation as a means to reduce overall SAR incidents. We are pilots, navigators, spotters, search coordinators, electronic search specialists, radio operators and administration staff. We are trained to work as spotters on military aircraft, and to carry out searches using light aircraft and ground vehicles.

CASARA has been the umbrella organization for independent provincial and regional groups since 1986. CASARA operates in all 13 provinces and territories with access to 360 aircraft and 2,553 certified pilots, navigators and spotters…

If you would like more information about this topic, or are interested in joining CASARA, please check out our website at CASARA Ontario or contact Mike Daniels – President of CASARA Ontario at (905) 932-9494 or email at mach1casara@gmail.com.