Canadian Army Reserve to conduct local exercise April 7-11, 2022


Canadian Army Reserve to conduct local emergency response exercise

April 6, 2019 – London, Ont. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Over 300 Canadian Army soldiers from 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG), headquartered in London, Ontario will conduct Exercise ARROWHEAD RESPONSE from April 7-11, 2022 in multiple communities in Southwestern Ontario. Participants will operate as Domestic Response Companies at two locations, with a presence of approximately 100 soldiers each at the Lucan Community Memorial Centre in Lucan, and the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter. Residents will also see soldiers and military vehicles in the immediate areas including in London, Lucan Conservation Area, the Crediton Conservation Area, and Huron Park, Ontario.

No weapons will be present, and all Public Health guidelines will be adhered to at all times.

This important training is conducted annually to practise the planning and execution of domestic support operations, which take place after receiving a Request for Assistance (RFA) from civil authorities during crises in Canadian communities, like natural disasters.

31 CBG personnel will respond to a simulated wildfire emergency, in a scenario that includes an RFA from a local Municipality. Overall, the exercise will include the deployment of two Domestic Response Companies to Lucan and Exeter, Ontario, and other unit deployments including Exercise Control and administrative support in London, a communications squadron  at Crediton Conservation Area, and a Battalion Headquarters at Huron Park to provide command and control of deployed personnel and assets.

The exercise scenario will include a variety of training tasks and objectives, including the establishment of command posts, and theoretical and practical wildfire training for participating soldiers at Lucan Conservation Area. Local citizens are encouraged to interact with Army personnel and talk to the soldiers in their communities. All Canadian Army personnel will be practicing enhanced Force Health Protection Measures based on, and in addition to Public Health guidelines, and we ask that interactions take place from two meters to respect physical distancing.

All measures are being taken to ensure minimum inconvenience in these areas during the exercise dates. Members of the public are asked to take extra caution when approaching military vehicles and are thanked in advance for their understanding and co-operation.

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Lieutenant (Navy) Andrew McLaughlin

Public Affairs Officer

31 Canadian Brigade Group

Phone: 519-854-8697