CAF Stories: Good Hearted Canadians Lend a Helping Hand

Video / August 25, 2016


There really wasn’t a lot of waiting time to understand the magnitude of the destruction; it was looking out the window of the plane on the way in, that it was very clear, very evident, right from the outset.

(Lieutenant-Colonel Walter Taylor)

When you’re standing on a street you can only basically see the few houses around you, but it’s when you’re flying in, and you look down and you see whole villages flattened — roads blocked off with rubble and debris. You see a lot of the farmers’ fields that are along the coast having been contaminated with salt water.

To be matter of fact about it, you don’t choose to be on the DART, you get posted somewhere and you’re told you are part of the DART. So there’s actually elements of the DART that are on twelve hours’ notice to move. In general, between twelve hours and 48 hours is the notice to move.

A lot of our military capabilities that we train on for our primary mandate do come in very handy when it comes to deploying half way around the world and providing humanitarian assistance.

DART member: There we go, thank you.

A fruit orchard is not something that you replant and harvest that season, it’s something that takes years for the trees to mature and start bearing fruit. You know, the Filipino people were a great population to work with. Very resilient, but you know, it’s still difficult to have to look at more need than what you can realistically respond to.  

Young man: It’s a big help to us, thank you. God bless you Canada!

 So it’s… you know, everybody that was on the team, found the mission very rewarding. I’ve never met anyone that’s deployed with the DART that didn’t get a sense of personal satisfaction out of being part of it. And I think the DART is just a natural extension of the good heartedness of the Canadian soldier.

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