Do not be alarmed – it’s only an exercise

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

There’s going to be a lot of unusual stuff going on in and around Slave Lake this coming weekend. Some of it has to do with a search and rescue training exercise.
Last week Slave Lake S&R announced would be holding “four large provincial-scale search and rescue events,” in the area, from April 28 through the 30th.
“Please do not be alarmed if you see an unusual presence of aircraft, horses, mountain bikes, ATVs, first responders, military personnel, search dogs, fire and SAR emergency vehicles, police resource and ambulances in and around the community.”
Things kick off on Friday with an emergency exercise. Also that day are training workshops for search and rescue people from around the province at Northern Lakes College.
“S&R members will hone their skills in wilderness first aid, wilderness survival, water and ice rescue, low-angle rescue, evidence searching, tracking and many more,” says the release from Lesser Slave Lake S&R. “In the afternoon there will be opportunities for the general public to view search dogs… and an equine S&R team from southern Alberta,” doing its thing. These will be on the NLC playing fields.
On Saturday is the large-scale mock search, running 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information see the town and M.D. websites.

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