Friday, May 6, 2016

CAF Releases Official Statement on OP LENTUS-16

DND Statement:

Following a request for assistance from the Province of Alberta, on May 4, 2016, the CAF deployed four CH-146 Griffon helicopters in response to the outbreak of wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta. Additional air assets remain on stand-by, ready to assist as required.

The CAF is ready to provide support, as required, to the Province of Alberta in areas including:
The provision of air assets to assist with the evacuation of persons in distress and individuals in affected and isolated areas,

The provision of air assets to assist with the delivery of essential aid to affected areas, and
The provision of air assets to assist with transport of essential firefighting equipment and personnel to, from, and within the affected area.

Operation LENTUS can draw personnel and assets from across Canada, and may be drawn from any or all of the primary force-generators of the Canadian Armed Forces:
the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN);
the Canadian Army; and
the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

In addition, specialized abilities such as engineering, health services, force protection, transport, aviation or logistics may also be employed.

Once tasked, Canadian Joint Operations Command coordinates the personnel, vehicles, equipment, crews and aircraft to be employed in the region affected by the disaster, in coordination with the respective regional joint task force.