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Military DART to Prince Edward County for disaster response exercise

Master Corporal Stephane Fortin, medical technician for the 2nd Field Ambulance, Petawawa, and member of the Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), examines a child during Operation RENAISSANCE. (photo by MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

Master Corporal Stephane Fortin, medical technician for the 2nd Field Ambulance, Petawawa, and member of the Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), examines a child during Operation RENAISSANCE. (photo by MCpl Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

The 1st Canadian Division Headquarters, based out of Kingston, will be conducting a Disaster Assistance Response Team exercise at CFB Trenton and surrounding area from Feb. 29 to March 10.

The exercise will practice dealing with a humanitarian disaster where Canadian military assets need to be deployed. The majority of the exercise will be in the southern part of Prince Edward County and the public should be aware that military personnel will be present in uniform.

DART serves three critical needs in emergencies: water purification, primary medical care and engineering help.

The primary responsibilities of the DART are to stabilize primary effects of a disaster in co-operation with national and regional governments and non-governmental agencies; prevent the onset of secondary effects and to gain time for organizations to deploy to the affected area to deliver long-term recovery programs.

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