Statement - Ministers Blaney and Kenney recognize Canadian Armed Forces efforts in combatting Saskatchewan wildfires

OTTAWA, July 19, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence made the following statements today regarding the conclusion of the assistance of Canadian Armed Forces members in fighting Saskatchewan's wildfires. The decision to redeploy troops was made following consultation between the Province of Saskatchewan, Public Safety Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces.  

"I would like to thank the Canadian Armed Forces for quickly responding to the urgent need for support in fighting Saskatchewan's wildfires. I would also like to recognize the dedication and the resilience of the brave firefighters, volunteer organizations and other emergency responders who have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the fires. I know that they will continue to protect Saskatchewan communities and support affected individuals until the situation is fully resolved."

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"I am very proud of our brave men and women in uniform who helped so many people in Saskatchewan during this difficult time. Their efforts are an excellent example of the continued perseverance, adaptability and expertise of our Canadian Armed Forces. Our troops are always ready to respond, and will answer the call if their assistance is required again."

 The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence 

For more information, please visit: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/operations-canada-north-america/op-lentus.page

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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

For further information: Jeremy Laurin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-991-2924; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, media@ps-sp.gc.ca; Lauren Armstrong, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of National Defence, (613) 996-3100, lauren.armstrong2@forces.gc.ca; Media Relations, partment of National Defence, Phone: (613) 996-2353, Toll-Free: 1 866 377-0811

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