CBRNE team set to protect G8 summit

The 36th G8 summit, scheduled to take place in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, will be protected from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats by a Hazmat trained team from Windsor, Ontario.

Windsor's fire department is one of Ontario's three chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives teams and is the province's dedicated first-responder to any major terrorist attack.

The Windsor hazmat team, which will be charged with protecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Barack Obama, and the government heads of Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Russia, receives $100,000 a year for CBRNE training and equipment that is required to prepare for any such emergency.

"It's hazmat with a criminal or terrorist intent," fire chief Dave Fields told WindsorStar.com about the intent of the CBRNE. The three CBRNE units, with the other two in Toronto and Ottawa, were formed in response to the September 11 terror attacks and U.S. Homeland Security.

"We'll be at the G8 ... and on standby at the G20," Doug Emery, president of the Windsor Professional Firefighters Association, told a city council budget meeting last week, WindsorStar.com reports.

Canada, in addition to playing host to the G8 summit from June 25 to June 27, will also host the larger G20 summit in Toronto later this year.