January 16, 2016 7:05 pm

Frigid temperatures perfect for simulating Arctic exercises for military in Gimli

120 Army Reservists are simulating operating in extreme Arctic conditions in preparation for their mid-February deployment to the high arctic.

Talia Ricci / Global News

WINNIPEG — Gimli, Manitoba may not be the Arctic, but the frigid conditions were perfect for training reservists before they head further north.

“Everything has to be done in a far more meticulous and well planned manner,” Lt. Col. Dave Fraser said.

On Saturday the Arctic Response Company Group participated in several simulated exercises in extreme conditions; allowing them to prepare for some of the challenging scenarios they will face while moving in the high north on a search and recovery mission.

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“In a lot of the cases, the places that our young men and women will be looking at, no other human has walked on that piece of ground of on that piece of ice before,” Lt. Col. Dave Fraser said.

The 120 reservists will take part in exercises like the search and recovery of a downed aircraft or satellite, while dealing with temperatures that can reach up to -70.

For some members, it will be their first trip to the Arctic, but one they feel ready for.

“It’s all about making sure you’re dressed properly, sometimes you over dress, but you learn these things as you go right,” Tpr. William Halabiski said.

The reservists will be participating in these exercises throughout the weekend, and heading to the arctic in mid February.

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