Some 190 Canadian Army soldiers, the majority of whom are reservists, took part in a training exercise to test their readiness for domestic operations. The Army’s annual Exercise STAGED RESPONSE 16 took place from May 6 to 8, 2016 within several regions throughout Atlantic Canada.
Exercise STAGED RESPONSE 16 was a command post exercise under the direction of the 5th Canadian Division and focused on the challenges soldiers face when dealing with a major disaster that might occur within the Region. The training is intended to challenge the leadership, enhance teamwork and the intellectual capacity of the 5th Canadian Division Territorial Battalion Groups – key Groups that could be deployed to support civilian authorities in the event on an emergency situation.
Brigadier General C. J. Turenne, Commander of the 5th Canadian Division, said: “The Canadian Armed Forces stand ready to offer assistance in support of civilian authorities during any crisis in Canada, including natural disasters, wherever and whenever required. As we all know, major emergencies and natural disasters can happen at any time and often with very little notice or warning. For that reason, we create opportunities like Exercise STAGED RESPONSE to give ourselves a chance to test our ability to respond as quickly as possible when faced with a challenging emergency.”
The ability to employ military forces in response to major emergencies in Canada remains a core part of the Canada First Defence Strategy. Exercise STAGED RESPONSE 16 provides the venue for the Canadian Army to train within realistic contemporary situations in response to disasters and emergencies that require the Canadian Army to offer support to civil authorities and other government departments. CINEWS