New York holds CBRN drill

A drill to train and prepare for incidents that could include the use of a biological, chemical or radiological agent was held at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona, New York, on Saturday.

The personnel involved with the drill included approximately 250 military members, fire and hazmat members as well as the Rockland County police. Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard units also participated in the drill, which included security personnel from the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport at Newburgh and the 104th Military Police Battalion from Kingston, reports.

Military soldiers and airmen began to move across New York to the Camp Smith Training Site on Friday in preparation for the drill. The scenario required a New York National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team to be called to the site of a potential terrorist attack and determine the type of weapon deployed, reports. The New York National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package then moved onto the site to rescue and decontaminate trapped survivors, the National Guard reports.

“One team is a search and extraction team, they go forward into the simulated contaminated zone,” Lt. Col. David Gagnon of the Kingston unit told “They will bring back casualties to be deconned by my decontamination element and then they are evaluated by medical personnel all the way through the process and then they are evacuated out.”

The drill is one of several held around the state of New York throughout the year.