, 2022-12-02 18:52:08,
Transcripts of calls between the RCMP and search and rescue officials in Halifax show an overall lack of understanding of what was required to have a military aircraft assist during the search for a gunman who killed 22 people in April 2020.
Log and audio transcripts obtained by The Canadian Press under an access to information request also reveal muddled advice from the military’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, which was initially under the impression that it had adequately dealt with the RCMP’s request for an aircraft equipped with infrared technology.
Before calling search and rescue, the Mounties had tried unsuccessfully to get an aircraft with sensors that could detect the heat signature of a human body, which they needed as they searched for the killer in the woods around Portapique, N.S., soon after the 13-hour rampage began on April 18, 2020.
RCMP aircraft in the Maritimes were not available because of maintenance issues.
During a 7 a.m. shift change on April 19, notes show that rescue centre staff discussed an RCMP call for assistance…
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