We’re here on location
at 4 Wing Cold Lake in Alberta where members of the Ground
Search and Rescue team are participating
in winter survival training. I’m joined by Ground Search
and Rescue Technician and Deputy Officer
Commanding the exercise, Sergeant John McArthur. Thanks so much for having us! Which base personnel are
taking part in this training and what does it involve? We have the Ground Search
and Rescue team here on location training. It’s a secondary
duty on the wing, so they all have primary duties.
They come from all trades, all MOCs (Maintenance
of Certifications) across the military
but here posted to 4 Wing. And they volunteer.
It’s completely volunteer. And the exercise is cold
weather survival training so it’s to have people learn
how to survive in this cold. It’s obviously -27
right now, so it’s quite cold. It’s actually a good test
of their skills and ability. What exactly is
in the kit and, you know, what are we going to see
here today on the exercise? Well, what’s in the kit?
It’s a big question, but there’s a lot
of equipment inside of it that would be to sustain life.
That, at the end of the day, is what that equipment is for. So, for example, we used
to use a larger saw, but now they’re going to actually use
the hand chainsaw in the kit. They’re going to have a smaller
container for hydration so in that 24-hour period
when the students come out and go through the training, it’s going to be
a more realistic sense. Thanks so much for your time.