Controlled detonations part of two-week exercise at 19 Wing Comox

Exercise TAZ RUNNER, an annual military training scenario to practise skills with improvised explosive device disposal, is being carried out at 19 Wing Comox until Feb. 21.

19 Air Maintenance Squadron is hosting Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams from across Canada. These units specialize in the recovery and destruction of deteriorated, damaged or obsolete ammunition.

“The purpose of this exercise is to develop operators’ individual skills and techniques so they’re able to meet curent challenges in today’s threat,” said Petty officer first class Ken Jones, who is based out of CFB Esquimalt.

Residents and visitors of the Comox Valley may hear controlled detonations and may see an increase in vehicle traffic around 19 Wing Comox, HMCS Quadra via Goose Spit, and Seal Bay Armoury. These activities are routine military training and there is no need to report them to 19 Wing or local emergency services.

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