Security heightened at CFB Comox

With shootings at Parliament Hill this morning in Ottawa, CFB Comox “is continuously adapting security measures” and is taking precautions as the situation unfolds, explained Capt. Trevor Reid, public affairs officer at 19 Wing Comox.

While he noted he cannot speak about specifics, Reid said force protection measures are in place.

Wednesday morning, reports indicate a man with a rifle shot and killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Several witnesses and MPs took to Twitter to report shots fired inside Parliament.

Ottawa Police report one male suspect has been confirmed dead.

“We want to express our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were attacked. It is a difficult time for us in uniform at 19 Wing,” said Reid.

Fred Bigelow, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport, said they received a notice from Transport Canada Oct. 17, but there have not been any updates since then.

“Like all Canadian Airports, the Comox Valley Airport has been maintaining increased security vigilance … this includes a heightened awareness among our staff of suspicious activities and behaviours in the terminal building,” he said in an email.

“We will continue to comply with this notice and any subsequent directives from Transport Canada.”

Comox resident Russ Arnott, the manager of Canadian Forces Housing Agency at CFB Comox, is in an Ottawa-area military building on lockdown attending a meeting just around the corner from where the shootings took place.

He explained like many people, they are watching the incident unfold on television.

“We can hear lots of sirens outside and if we peek through the blinds, emergency vehicles (are) buzzing by.”

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