North and South Dakota to train for CBRNE attacks

Officials with the North Dakota National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team and South Dakota’s 82nd Civil Support Team they will participate in an upcoming joint CBRNE training exercise at Camp Grafton Training Center in Devil’s Lake, N.D.

The exercise, a multi-agency emergency response exercise with civilian responders, will incorporate a variety of different training scenarios. These training exercises, officials told, will test the ability of the agencies involved to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive incidents.

The officials added that the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Emergency Management Flight division and 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will also take part in the exercises. The latter, officials said, will support Roads Acting as Dams operations in one of the emergency response exercises.

The CBRNE and RAAD scenarios will give the National Guard units and civilian responders the opportunity to enhance their response, preparedness and cooperative capabilities.

Civilian agencies that will participate in the exercises include the Devils Lake and Grand Forks fire departments, along with the Devils Lake Police Department, reports.

The 81st CST, a mobile unit with the ability to respond to an incident within 90 minutes, has 22 members who are on call 24 hours a day in the event or suspicion of a weapons of mass destruction attack.

Officials told that the exercises are conducted occasionally to make sure these units are mission-ready.

U.S. Army North validated the 81st CST’s mission-ready status during an exercise with the Bismarck Fire Department at the North Dakota State Capitol in October of 2009, officials said.