Disaster Response Team Passes Certification Test
The Nebraska National Guard's training site near Mead, Neb., recently looked like it had been hit by a bomb, which is exactly what federal officials intended.
The scene-complete with twisted concrete and mangled bodies-had been concocted to test the Nebraska Guard's new Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP CERFP CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package ).
CERFP members responded to the simulated terrorist attack on a busy shopping mall and worked feverishly fe·ver·ish
a. Of, relating to, or resembling a fever.
b. Having a fever or symptoms characteristic of a fever.
c. Causing or tending to cause fever.
2. to extract role-playing victims from the rubble and get them to decontamination decontamination /de·con·tam·i·na·tion/ (de?kon-tam-i-na´shun) the freeing of a person or object of some contaminating substance, e.g., war gas, radioactive material, etc.
n. and medical treatment.
All the action occurred in front of National Guard Bureau evaluators, who, at the end of the exercise, certified the multiunit team as ready to respond to a variety of emergencies.
The CERFP is a new Nebraska Guard capability designed to assist first responders first responder First response personnel Emergency medicine A person employed in the public sector–EMT, fire fighter, police, volunteer EMS–whose duties include provision of immediate medical care in the event of an emergency; FRs have basic emergency with casualty search and extraction, decontamination and medical triage triage
Division of patients for priority of care, usually into three categories: those who will not survive even with treatment; those who will survive without treatment; and those whose survival depends on treatment. in the event of a terrorist attack.
It's comprised of 186 Guard soldiers and airmen from mostly engineer, chemical and medical outfits. Members serve in the CERFP in addition to their assigned units.
Col. Michael Navrkal, Nebraska Guard training and operations officer for domestic support, said CERFP members received "Go" ratings on each of its major evaluation areas.
"The bottom line is, they showed a tremendous amount of proficiency-both individually and collectively," he said.
The Guard plans 17 CERFPs nationwide. The Nebraska team, which formed in 2006, is the 16th to earn certification. Its primary area of responsibility is Nebraska, but it could also be called to assist officials in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, Navrkal said.
Pvt. Riley Ohde, of the 755th Chemical Recon/Decon Company from Omaha, Neb., said the team is ready.
"If this ever happens," she said at the site of the mock disaster, "and all of the chemical people say it eventually will, they're definitely going to need people who know how to do this."
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