GGS Structures showed support for the Canadian military by opening up its facilities to the Canadian Army reserve for tactical training.
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders reserve unit used one of GGS Structures’ fabric-covered Tasco Domes to simulate real-life combat scenarios using rubber bullets. Lieutenant Winnacot, spokesperson for the reserve unit, says this type of training is called Urban Operations or FIBA(Fighting In Built-Up Areas). It prepares soldiers to fight in built-up urban areas and tightly packed buildings.
In preparation for the training, soldiers constructed a wooden labyrinth inside the Tasco Dome, complete with shutters that could be flung open and shot through for cover.
“Our fabric covered buildings turned out to be perfect for these types of training exercises, because the natural light provides the visibility of an outdoor environment while the building shields the participants from the wind and rain,” says Chrissy Guthoerl, manager of Tasco Dome, a division of GGS. “Tasco Dome structures are sold worldwide and are currently being used by the Canadian and US military in North America and Europe. They’re ideal for storage facilities, air craft hangars, waste management, agricultural and equestrian applications. We’re pleased that today we can now say they’re used for combat training!”
In addition to offering the use of its facilities to the army reserve, GGS supports military veteran organizations through special discounts, charity drives and other donations throughout the year.