N.Y. Air National Guard group in CBRN-response drill
The exercise provides training with numerous scenarios used in simulations and first-hand experience with personal protective equipment. Within the training scenarios, personnel perform tests for biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats or contamination. They also work on small-group team tasks to prepare individual airmen to simulate real mission activity.
They also take part in simulated casualty care using dummies, or, in some instances, fellow members of the units posing as injured or infected people. The exercises are performed in full hazardous-materials suits.
Airmen from over 20 units are taking part in this training. The Guardian Center can facilitate several training applications and can simulate destruction of city blocks, as well as flooding and other extreme weather conditions.
Over the course of the training exercise, airmen will develop the confidence and experience to handle genuine scenarios, as they eventually will handle live chemical agents.