Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Spring 2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Chemical-Biological Response Exercise This past March, U.S. Marines and sailors with the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) based at Indian Head, MD, traveled to Guardian Centers, a training facility in Perry, GA, to participate in Exercise Scarlet Response 2017. "Guardian Centers provides CBIRF with resources and a site that allows them to test their skills in ways not available to them normally," said Marine Corps Sgt. Cody Bennett, assigned to Technical Rescue Platoon. Scarlet Response The exercise, held March 20-25, is the largest annual event for CBIRF, testing the unit's capabilities to react and respond to threats and disasters such as nuclear detonations. Scarlet Response focuses on developing the skills of the elements of CBIRF while integrating with each other in simulated disaster scenarios. Quick Response When directed, CBIRF deploys and responds with minimal warning to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive threat or event to assist state, local or federal agencies and the geographic combatant commanders in the conduct of CBRNE response or consequence management operations, providing capabilities for command and control; agent detection and identification; search, rescue and decontamination; and emergency medical care for contaminated personnel, according to the CBIRF's web site. During the first two days of the exercise, the Marines from CBIRF trained in their specific jobs, such as decontamination, with sources available at the training facility. "The way we prepare for events like Scarlet Response and real-world incidents is we set up our full site, which is two tents; one ambulatory, one non-ambulatory and a force protection line for CBIRF responders and first responders alike," said Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Grodzicki, a decontamination section leader with CBIRF. "We also just finished the advanced decontamination course at guardian centers," Grodzicki added. "They threw all kinds of wound patterns and stuff like that, so that we can provide better care to the casualties that we'd receive." Integrating Skills After they completed the job-specific training, he said, unit members began to rotate into different specialties in CBIRF, and eventually integrate each other's skills. "The way we work with the other sections hand-in-hand in CBIRF, is the extraction platoon brings us casualties and the identification detection platoon provides us with information, so that we understand how to appropriately decontaminate casualties that we receive," Grodzicki said. "Medical is with us to provide what help we need with the casualties we're presented with upon completion of decontamination to the medical tent." Response Force The Marines develop a better understanding and appreciation for each other's skills, according to Marine Corps Cpl. Gerardo Cuevas, an extractor with CBIRF. "We got Marines who are not extractors, and we brought them into our world and showed them what to do," Cuevas said. "It's important, because I get to appreciate [the units] more than before and I get to assist the unit and be a better asset for the unit. Instead of just picking up a casualty, I can make ways for other Marines to pick up other casualties and support them." More info: defense.gov Marines with Chemical Biological Incident Response Force prepare a decontamination tent during a drill during Exercise Scarlet Response 2017 at Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The exercise, held March 20-25, is the largest annual event for CBIRF, and it tests the unit's capabilities to react and respond to threats and disasters such as nuclear detonations. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Terence Brady) TECH UPDATE www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 20 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2017

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