Texada Island will be the site of multiple flares as search and rescue squadrons go through training.
19 Wing Comox’s 442 and 435 Transport and Rescue squadrons will be doing training between sunset and midnight in the Texada range on the island’s east shore.
The Canadian Armed Forces say members of the public might hear or see one of the squadron’s CC-130H Hercules airplanes or bright yellow CH-149 Cormorant helicopters dropping illumination flares.
“These bright white flares can be seen from a great distance as they slowly descend from the sky to the water and burn for four to five minutes each,” said an advisory from Canadian Armed Forces.
“This training is essential to ensure the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Search and Rescue crews are able to safely conduct night rescues, which the squadron is called upon to conduct.”
They add regular training under a variety of conditions is necessary for them to meet whatever challenges, day or night, that come their way.