September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms.
Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of Canada approval to a provincial or territorial government request, the CAF can deploy members and assets – including ships, aircraft and vehicles – from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Canadian Navy. These missions are known as Operation LENTUS.
This year alone, the CAF have answered the call for help in August (almost 600 forest fires in B.C.); May (the evacuation of 140 people threatened by fire in Manitoba, and flood relief in B.C. and New Brunswick); and April (floods at Kashechewan First Nation in Ontario).
The stamp was unveiled at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, near Quebec City, which is home to roughly 6,000 members mainly from the 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group. Members from the base have assisted in Operation LENTUS missions, most recently in the spring floods of 2017 in Quebec.