435 Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron will conduct night flare exercises over Lake Winnipeg near Gimli, Manitoba tonight between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The training exercise is part of 435 Squadron’s ongoing training for search and rescue crews.
The exercise involves dropping illumination flares and practicing all aspects of night search and rescue operations. The training is taking place over the established Lake Winnipeg Range near Gimli.
Search and rescue is a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week responsibility for 435 (T&R) Squadron. One aircraft is permanently assigned to search and rescue stand-by duty and is equipped to aid people, aircraft or vessels in distress.
435 (T&R) Squadron at 17 Wing Winnipeg; and 424 (T&R) Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, provide primary search and rescue response for the Trenton Search and Rescue Region, the largest in Canada, which extends from Quebec City to the British Columbia/Alberta border, and from the Canada/United States border to the North Pole.