Air Force runs Improvised Explosive Device Disposal exercise

An Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operator during Ex TAZ RUNNER.
The inclusion of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) specialists from other elements of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provides insight into procedures in other units within the CAF, helps with training standardization, and improves interoperability. Photo: Cpl Joey Beaudin, Totem Times

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By Cpl Joey Beaudin, Totem Times – 19 Wing Comox

Exercise TAZ RUNNER, an annual Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) exercise for 1 Canadian Air Division, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), was held at 19 Wing Comox in February.

The intent of the exercise is to maintain and develop skills within RCAF Explosives Disposal Flights (EDFs) on IEDD procedures and equipment through the conduct of numerous IEDD scenarios.

The RCAF is mandated to provide protection against the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Ex TAZ RUNNER, which has been held at 19 Wing Comox for the last seven years, was developed in order to provide EDF personnel with training directly related to fulfilling this mandate.

The exercise provides numerous scenarios that could be encountered by EDF personnel in Canada and abroad. These scenarios provide training and guidance on safe IED disposal, and confirm the EDF force’s readiness level.

Ex TAZ RUNNER 18 included participants from RCAF wings across Canada, as well as units from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Joint Counter Explosives Threat Task Force, and the Deployable Technical Analysis Laboratory.

The inclusion of IED specialists from other elements of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provides insight into procedures in other units within the CAF, helps with training standardization, and improves interoperability.

This series of exercises has been proven to be extremely useful in advancing the techniques used by IEDD operators in the CAF.

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  • An Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operator during Ex TAZ RUNNER.
  • An Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operator during Ex TAZ RUNNER.
  • A robotic explosive device disposal unit
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