Monday, November 11, 2013

DART heading to the Philippines

The Canadian government and the military are ramping up help for the people in typhoon-devastated islands in the Philippines.
An advance team of government officials is set to land in the Philippines Monday night and the Canadian Forces disaster team is on standby in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
A C17 aircraft carrying 43 members of the Canadian Forces’s DART team, the Disaster Assistance Response Team, left CFB Trenton Monday evening.
It is on standby in Hawaii until the advance team assesses what is needed and where. Canadian Forces officials say the advance team of nine staff including military and civilian staff is expected to be on the ground for between one and three days.
The C17 is loaded with command post members and equipment, along with engineers, medical staff, a forklift and a field ambulance. When the DART team gets the green light to fly to the Philippines the initial team will set up on the ground and it’s expected that a second wave of soldiers along with more equipment and supplies will be sent.

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