Marine Unit Supports Air Show

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:40 p.m. September 5, 2018
Updated: 3:15 p.m. September 5, 2018

Toronto Police Marine officers were actively involved in the 69th annual Canadian International Air Show over Lake Ontario last Labour Day weekend.

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The Thunderbirds fly in tandem across the CN Tower (Photo by Jeff Clarke - Marine Unit)

“Leading up to the event, the organizers put us in contact with the Canadian military and the United States Air Force to conduct a series of hands-on exercises,” said Staff Sergeant Sam Cosentino, of preparing for an emergency rescue. “This was my first year doing the air show and I thought it would be important for us to have some hands-on experience and knowledge.

“Nothing beats actually going through the physical motions of locating devices, switches and levers that are necessary to get to a pilot.”

In addition to learning about the various aircraft systems, the Marine Unit members involved in the exercise also spent a lot of time on extraction procedures in the event of a pilot ejection..

“The likelihood of serious injuries to a pilot is significant, should an ejection occur,” said Cosentino.

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Snowbird pilots with Staff Sergeant Sam Cosentino and Sergeant Sean Griffiths

Cosentino said most of the Marine Unit was stationed at various locations along the waterfront for the three-day event that wrapped up on September 3.

“It was all-hands-on-deck for us in what was a very positive experience,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for the members for the military and spending the last few days working so closely with them reinforced that. These folks are as professional as they come.”

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