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Members of Council met with members of the Fourth Canadian Ranger Patrol Group – which includes High Level and Fort Vermilion Patrols – Monday morning in Council Chambers.
The meeting, which took place on Monday, Nov. 1, was an opportunity to learn more about the Fourth Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. The Group includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Rangers generate and provide specialized support to other Canadian Armed Forces units, domestic operations, and communities in isolated, remote, and coastal regions cross western Canada.
There supports include Search and Rescue, assistance during natural disasters or emergencies, armed forces support in domestic matters, a continued Canadian Armed Forces presence in communities, local area resource reports including vital information to the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments, and logistical and training support for the Junior Canadian Ranger Patrols.
The Canadian Rangers operate with three main areas of expertise, which is a benefit for residents in the north – mobility and the ability to access remote or difficult-to-reach places, local knowledge grown from a local membership, and expertise in survivability, which includes skills unique to the region.
Council also took the opportunity thank the Rangers for their vital assistance during the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire in 2019 as well as speak about the Town’s plans for a Multi Purpose Facility, and how such a facility could assist Canadian Ranger efforts in the region in terms of emergency assistance.