More than 300 military engineers and personnel gathered in Chilliwack over the holiday season to brush up on their bridge-building skills.
Exercise Paladin Response is an annual event for army reserve combat engineers where they practise building various types of bridges over water and land gaps, plus refreshing other skills for domestic response. They were training for five days, from Dec. 26 to 30.
“This is all about the skills we need to help Canadians in times of need. Typically that will be natural disasters (such as) floods, fires, any kind of a seismic event,” says Major Nils French of 39 Combat Engineer Regiment.
Exercise Paladin Response has been running for 20 years in Chilliwack. The city is the ideal location for the exercise as all the necessary resources are here: a lake, a river, some form of gap to bridge, plus a lot of the equipment needed for the training.
Our mild winters also play a role. With lakes that don’t freeze over and no need for snow removal or ice maintenance, Chilliwack is a prime spot for Exercise Paladin Response.
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