Local Response Teams Hold Mock Terrorist Attack DrillBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 10 May 2013 06:57am |
Members of the Mississippi National Guard are honing their skills when it comes to responding to weapons of mass destruction.
Wearing orange, blue and gray hazmat suits members of the Mississippi National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction unit responded to a simulated terrorist attack yesterday in Jackson.
The suits were to protect their bodies from any possible hazardous materials during the training exercise. U.S. Army Evaluator, Reynold Boyce designed the drill which portrayed a deliberate attack with two airborne inhalation hazard chemicals.
"So what we expect them to do is to be able to use their instrumentation, turn around and tell the hospital this is how you need to treat these individuals, turn around and tell the first responders and the locals that the hazard hasn't sone beyond the site so the interstate's safe, the housing areas are safe and then they'll turn it over as a crime scene," describes Boyce.
The unit’s mission is to assist civil authorities with identifying biological, nuclear and high yield explosives at incident sites across Mississippi. Lt. Colonel Michael Harlow commands the 47th Civil Support Team, based in Flowood. He says the group also partners with WMD response units across the country.
"There’s been a anything from the Democratic National Convention, to the Republican Convention to the presidential debate that occurred at Ole Miss, the civil support teams will go out, monitor air, nuclear threats, chemical threats and once again, just prevention," says Harlow.
The 47th Civil Support Team is comprised of 22 Active Guard personnel from both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard.
Master Sergeant David Kamisky serves as the team medic for the Air National Guard.
"Whether it's in a real world environment or training environment, we're always changing, adapting from their experience, taking in their knowledge and giving them our training experience so that we can get the biggest bang for the buck and protect the citizens of Mississippi," says Kamisky.
Federal law requires all Civil Support Teams to be certified every 18 months.
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