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Expect to hear some 'popping' in Comox Valley

A SCENE FROM Iron Man III? Nope. Explosive disposal experts from the Royal Canadian Air Force across Canada are taking part in Exercise Tazz-Runner at 19 Wing Comox. - Erin Haluschak
A SCENE FROM Iron Man III? Nope. Explosive disposal experts from the Royal Canadian Air Force across Canada are taking part in Exercise Tazz-Runner at 19 Wing Comox.
— image credit: Erin Haluschak

Canadian Forces improvised explosive device disposal teams will train in the Comox Valley until March 1.

The two week-long training opportunity is designed for members to hone their skills at finding, identifying and neutralizing improvised explosive devices.

Capt. Jorge Parra-Martinez, commanding officer of 19 Explosives Ordnance Disposal Flight, said his team is at the base to maintain, improve and share experiences, knowledge and skills with members from other bases.

While much of the training will take place at Canadian Forces Base Comox, exercise participants will also operate at the Seal Bay training area and HMCS Quadra (Goose Spit).

Residents in these areas may see increased military activity. Due to the nature of the training activities, residents may also hear the occasional explosion or "popping" noises throughout the day, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including weekends.

Safety for the public and military personnel is paramount to any military exercise and all activities will be carried out within approved Canadian Forces training safety regulations, CFB Comox said in a news release.

19 Wing thanked residents for their understanding and continued co-operation as members complete their exercises.

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