General Physics Corp. to provide Army with bioweapons training

General Physics Corporation announced on September 28 that its Domestic Preparedness Equipment Training Assistance Program was granted an additional delivery order on its existing support contract with the U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive Command for biological weapons training.

General Physics, a performance solutions provider and the operating subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation will, under the contact, provide support for TACOM’s Life-Cycle Management Command Tiger Team at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  

The team from General Physics will provide TACOM with chemical, biological, nuclear and high-explosive detection, protection and decontamination equipment training and technical assistance. Recipients of the training will include federal medical, fire and law enforcement first-responders on U.S. Army installations across the U.S. and abroad.

TACOM will also receive expertise from General Physics as it assists them in assessing the general condition and deployment of equipment from the Installation Protection Program and Army First-Responder Program.

For much of the last decade, DPETAP has received or conducted similar training. DPETAP was developed together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Preparedness Directorate and the Pine Bluff Arsenal.

The General Physics TACOM project began in June 2010 and facilitates first-responders in maintaining and operating their CBRN equipment and facilities. TACOM offers more than 50 exercises and courses that have been attended by over 190 students at 18 military installations around the world. General Physics TACOM team has provided first-responders with over 1,540 instructional hours.