North Dakota National Guard hosts emergency response exercise

The North Dakota National Guard's Civil Support Team hosted an emergency response exercise on Thursday as soldiers from the 81st Civil Support Team and local emergency response agencies took part in the exercises at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks.

In an announcement released on Wednesday, the National Guard announced that the exercise was based around simulated attacks in the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) category. The training focused on the identification, mitigation and elimination of threats while using protective equipment and garments.

The 81st Civil Support Team consists of Army National Guard and Air National Guard personnel who are specially trained in the area of emergency management and to mitigate and mange threats of CBRN and explosive materials.

In the event of an emergency, the unit would offer support and advising capabilities to local civil authorities and emergency and law enforcement crews.

Earlier in September, the unit provided a demonstration of the response capabilities against hazardous materials at the Radisson Hotel in Bismark. In this event, equipment and specialized vehicles were also showcased to attendees. This equipment includes analysis of equipment specialized for toxins, biological material and chemicals, mobile laboratory systems and secure communication vehicles.

The North Dakota National Guard has mobilized approximately 4,200 soldiers and 2,600 airmen to support counter-terrorism operations of the U.S. military.

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