Friday, September 24, 2010


Photo: Cpl Darcy Lefebvre

September 19, 2010 - Ottawa, (Ont)

Master Corporal John Gute (front) and Master Corporal Manual Seguin from 442 Squadron coast in on their parachutes for the jump accuracy competition during SAREX 2010.

SAREX highlights Search and Rescue (SAR) role and capabilities to internal, external and host community audiences. The National Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) is a yearly opportunity for members of the Canadian Forces SAR community to come together to standardize and evaluate their skills through an exercise involving nearly 200 participants and to showcase the SAR expertise to Canadians. For the first time in National SAREX history, the exercise is being held in the Canadian North, in Whitehorse, Yukon, from 20 to 24 September.


19 Wing Comox and will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon from 20 to 24 September 2010.

The National SAREX is held once a year in a different location accross Canada. The goal of the SAREX is to facilitate liaison between SAR units and provide a venue for the standardization and evaluation of operational SAR techniques and procedures used by the CF.

The normal SAREX events are:

  • Parachute accuracy event;
  • Medical event;
  • Search event;
  • Rescue event; and
  • Maintenance event.

The National SAREX also enables for members from key organizations involved in the execution of search and rescue (SAR) to meet, compare techniques and experiences to develop the relationship that will be crucial during a SAR mission.

This year's National SAREX while competitive in nature will ensure maximum participation by military, law enforcement, Provincial and civilian groups associated with the National SAR program.


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