Canadian Coast Guard completes successful Search and Rescue training and community engagement in Taloyoak, Nunavut

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November 2, 2023

Yellowknife, NWT. - During the recent summer season, Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Search and Rescue (SAR) teams successfully completed SAR training with the crew of the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier and community Guardians in Taloyoak, Nunavut.

CCG SAR officers provided a group of 12 crew members from the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier a Coastal SAR training course onboard the ship. CCG SAR crews train year-round to keep their skills sharp at sea; this training is essential for ensuring emergency preparedness in the event of a real maritime incident. A highlight of the course was the culminating activity, where responding crews from the ship worked alongside the Taloyoak Guardians to complete a Joint Search and Rescue Exercise. This exercise allowed partners from different agencies to practice interoperability, test communication pathways, and collaborate effectively in locating and providing treatment to survivors of a simulated boating accident.

Marking another significant milestone, CCG introduced the first SAR training course designed specifically for Arctic Responders. CCG and the Taloyoak Guardians worked together to complete a three-day SAR fundamentals course, covering essential skills in risk assessment and mitigation, search planning and tactics, and rescue operations.

Additionally, CCG SAR officers had the opportunity to engage with the local community during their stay in Taloyoak. They interacted with students of all grade levels at a local school, discussing CCG’s role and potential job opportunities, and even enjoyed a game of floor hockey.

These initiatives highlight the Canadian Coast Guard’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Arctic communities, and delivers on the Government of Canada’s commitment to maritime safety.

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Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue officers, ship’s crew, and members from the Taloyoak Guardians Search and Rescue onboard the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Arctic Region

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