SLIDE SHOW: Exercise Paladin Response

More than 180 soldiers from B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario were in Chilliwack taking part in Exercise Paladin Response Dec. 26 to 30.

A soldier prepares to rappel down a 100-foot rock face in the Chilliwack River Valley on Monday.

More than 180 soldiers from B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario were in Chilliwack taking part in Exercise Paladin Response.

The annual five-day military training exercise teaches soldiers how to build and disassemble portable land bridges and rafts, as well as small-arms training, rappelling down rock faces, and more.

After the bridges and rafts are constructed, the soldiers drive and transport military trucks across the structures.

The main focus for the exercises is to be able to use these bridges and rafts for natural disasters here in Canada, although they can and have been used overseas.

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