N.Y.'s 222nd Chemical Company trains for CBRN attack

Citizen soldiers of the 222nd Chemical Company of the New York Army National Guard recently trained in conducting a rescue mission in the event of a radiological, biological or chemical attack on U.S. civilians.

The 222nd, ReadMedia.com reports, will form part of the decontamination element of New York’s Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, whose mission, in the event of an attack, is to take the lead in responding should the capabilities of local authorities be overwhelmed. There are 17 such teams nationwide ready to provide decontamination and mass medical treatment to victims of a CBRN attack.

As part of the validation process to become a member of the CERFP team, the 222nd was required to set up their facilities and begin treating casualties in less than 45 minutes, a task they accomplished in temperatures reaching 90 degrees, according to ReadMedia.com. While most teams take 12 to 18 months of training before completing the validation process, the 222nd is almost ready after only nine months.

When the validation process is complete, the 222nd will be joined on the New York CERFP team by the 104th Military Police Battalion and the 27th Special Troops Battalion of the New York Army National Guard. The New York Air National Guard will provide essential medical personnel.