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40 Canadian Rangers to help in COVID-19 response in their northern Quebec communities

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Canadian Rangers are going to be assisting the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services in its response to the coronavirus.

The 2 nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group plans to mobilize 40 Rangers on continuous standby and another 40 on call for short tasks, as long as their presence is required and authorized, the Canadian Forces announced Monday.

The 2 nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group mobilized its 14 Canadian Ranger patrols in Nunavik on April 3 in response to a request from the Quebec government. The rangers, who are permanent residents of the 14 Nunavik communities, serve in the Canadian Army reserves. They provide the Canadian Forces with a military presence in the isolated and coastal areas of Quebec’s northern and north-shore regions.

The spread of COVID-19 in remote and isolated communities has been a concern for authorities since the beginning of the pandemic announcement.

Tasks performed by the Canadian Rangers in Nunavik will vary. The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has requested the rangers prepare triage points to facilitate the work of healthcare personnel, according to the Canadian Forces.

There are 305 Canadian Rangers in Nunavik.

Military personnel to be deployed personnel have been in voluntary isolation since March13.

“The Canadian Rangers provide a range of specialized services in their geographic area of operation, including responding quickly to emergencies or ground search and rescue operations” Lt.-Col. Benoit Mainville, 2 nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Commanding Officer, said in a statement.

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