A new Canadian Ranger Patrol in Newfoundland and Labrador in the Burin North area was officially established this past Saturday.
Military personnel from the 5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (5 CRPG) based in Gander, Bellevue MHA Calvin Peach and members of the public were in the Town of Terrenceville for the official opening ceremonies at St. Joseph’s All Grade School.
Burin North is now the 32nd Canadian Ranger patrol in NL and will have members located in the communities of St Bernard’s-Jacques Fontaine, Grand le Pierre, South East Bight, Bay L’Argent, Little Bay East, English Harbour East, Baine Harbour, Boat Harbour, Boat Harbour West, Terrenceville, Burin Bay Arm, Harbour Mille, Rushoon and Petit Forte.
It’s the second patrol on the Burin Peninsula and provides more significant coverage of the entire peninsula.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the formation of the Canadian Rangers across the country. 5 CRPG is the only element of the Canadian Forces coving all the isolated areas of this province and is not restricted to larger centers.
It is one of five Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups that stretch across Canada from sea to sea to sea.
The area of responsibility for 5 CRPG is the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador with 12 Patrols in Labrador and 19 patrols on the island. The headquarters for 5 CRPG is located on Old Navy Road at Gander. 5 CRPG is a lodger unit of 9 Wing Canadian Forces Base Gander.
Canadian Rangers are trained in navigation, marksmanship, first aid, communications and survival techniques. They are capable of living and working on the land under difficult conditions and are often called on to assist with search efforts and other domestic emergencies.
Fourteen of the 31 Canadian Ranger patrols sponsor a Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) program. This program provides activities in the form of traditional, life and Canadian Ranger skills for youth from ages12 to18 years in isolated and remote areas where other organized activities are very limited.
The role of the Canadian Rangers is to provide a military presence in those sparsely settled northern, coastal or isolated areas of Canada that cannot conveniently or economically be covered by other components of the Canadian Forces. They are a lightly equipped, self sufficient, mobile force that supports Canadian Forces Sovereignty and Domestic Operations tasks in Canada.
Canadian Rangers tasks include surveillance/sovereignty patrols both coastal and inland; participation in CF operations, exercises and training; reporting suspicious and unusual activities; conducting North Warning Site (NWS) patrols; collecting local data of military significance; providing local knowledge and CR expertise (guides and advice); providing assistance to other Government Departments; providing assistance and advice to local authorities in support of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations; providing support in response to Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Operations, and mentoring, teaching and providing support to the JCR Program.