CASARA Yellowknife and Hay River support Operation READY SOTERIA
You know it’s going to be a bad day when… you doze off on your flight from Frankfurt to Anchorage, only to wake up sitting on a rock on the north end of Banks Island, 300 km from the nearest community of Sachs Harbour. That’s what we were simulating on Sept 17-18 as casualties for the CAF’s operation READY SOTERIA.
CASARA provided 12 casualties to supplement DND’s approximately 30 casualties for the bi-annual MAJAID exercise. This exercise helps the CAF practice a response to a major air disaster, for this event they wanted to process 100 casualties from the field incident site by helicopter to the forward base and onward to other medical facilities. Over 200 CAF personal from across Canada participated. Our small contribution helped by providing additional casualties for 2 days of the 3 day exercise. From this event, we got a bit more exposure to Canada’s intended response to a major air disaster. This helps us to promote aviation safety awareness and Canada’s national SAR program. Our members were there, on the ground, as the initial SAR Techs arrived by C130, watched as various kit was dropped and the setup of the MAJAID field hospital while the survivors were triaged and then medivacked out on the Cormorant and Griffon helicopters.