A look at a Canadian Armed Forces parachute rigger’s duties-Video

Video / January 10, 2019 / Project number: 18-0068


(Several soldiers pack parachutes in a room.)

Master Warrant Officer Chris Murphy, Canadian Armed Forces Senior Parachute Rigger: A parachute rigger is a specialist subject matter expert pertaining to parachute systems.

(MWO Murphy is in a room with several tables used for rigging parachutes. Cut to soldiers packing parachutes. Another repairs stitching with a sewing machine.)

MWO Murphy: An integral piece of the support mission that we have as parachute riggers is to do the packing, the maintenance, repair and overhaul of parachute systems and to provide technical support throughout the Canadian Armed Forces with parachuting and air-drop resupply missions.

(Large boxes are dropped out of a plane and their parachutes deploy.)

MWO Murphy: There are 50 permanent positions across the Canadian Armed Forces, between Search and Rescue, the Light Infantry Battalions, CANSOFCOM, and then the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre.

(A rigger checks a soldier’s parachute. He taps the soldier on the back and the soldier jumps out of a plane.)

MWO Murphy: As well, we support the Canadian Armed Forces parachute demonstration team, the SkyHawks, with two parachute riggers.

(A Skyhawk team is flying through the air, red smoke billowing behind as the members spin in formation.)

(A soldier tells a group of riggers what to do.)

Soldier: “Once you guys have done one rigger check, I want you all to rotate, redo that rigger check on someone else.”)

MWO Murphy: It takes approximately two years currently to become a fully qualified parachute rigger specialist. You need to volunteer to be a parachutist and then what we’re going to do is we’re going to qualify you basic parachutist or some form of parachutist.

(A soldier practises a parachute jump landing.)

MWO Murphy: Any supply technician can be recruited and make a decision to volunteer and come and be a parachute rigger specialist.

(A soldier, packing a parachute, talks with another soldier.)

Corporal Andrew Tracey, Parachute Rigger: My role here as a parachute rigger is to supervise the parachute packers.

(Cpl Tracey is in a room with several parachutes strewn across the floor.)

The more consistent a packer can get, the better quality of pack job they produce. The main thing is that they don’t get complacent so that consistency doesn’t slip. They develop muscle memory for it to have this level of consistency and everything that comes out of here is produced at a high level.

Private Christine Roy, Parachute Packer: We always feel a bit of pressure because our job has to be done perfectly.

(There are several pieces of labeled parachute gear on the wall behind Pte Roy.)

Pte Roy: We don’t want there to be any malfunctions. When I pack a parachute, what do I think of before finishing? I ask myself, “Would I jump with it?”

(Pte Roy is packing a parachute.)

Pte Roy: If the answer is “yes,” it’s good to go.

MWO Murphy: I’m proud of what we do, I’m proud of the men and women that work here. Every day we certify air worthiness and we save lives.

(The Canadian Army watermark appears onscreen, with text: “Strong. Proud. Ready.” Fade to the National Defence watermark, then the Canada watermark.)



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