Military Exercise at Saint-Michel-des-Saints



    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Joint Task Force (East) and its
domestic operational component will be training at Saint-Michel-des-Saints,
Quebec, on 25 and 26 September 2007 as part of Exercise REPONSE ROYALE 2007,
whose purpose is to confirm the readiness of the Canadian Forces to respond
and provide necessary assistance during an emergency in the Province of
Quebec.
    Exercise REPONSE ROYALE 2007 will involve the deployment of military
troops and their use in providing humanitarian aid to the civil authorities in
a time of crisis. This simulation exercise will include field training and an
exercise in coordination among a number of agencies, including the Direction
générale de la sécurité civile et de la sécurité incendie(1) of the Ministère
de la Sécurité publique du Québec, the Sûreté du Québec, the Société de
protection des forêts contre le feu(2) (SOPFEU) and, of course, the civil
authorities of the Municipality of Saint-Michel-des-Saints.

    Joint Task Force (East) is the Canadian Forces agency responsible for
conducting routine domestic and contingency operations in the province of
Quebec. It operates under the authority of its Commander and of the Commander
Canada Command. Since 1 February, Canada Command has assumed responsibility
for the conduct of all national domestic, routine, contingency and emergency
operations that require the assistance of the military resources of Canada,
whether naval, land or air.

    (1) Directorate of civil security and fire safety
    (2) Forest fire protection agency




For further information:

For further information: on Canada Command, visit the following site:
http://www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/en/index_e.asp; For more information on
Exercise REPONSE ROYALE, contact the Public Affairs Office of Land Force
Quebec Area Headquarters and Joint Task Force (East), (514) 252-2777 ext.
4467

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