National guard provides emergency training

A National Guard team came to Aberdeen yesterday to talk with Aberdeen Fire and Police departments about resources they have available in a crisis, including hazardous material cleanup, chemical analysis and weapons of mass destruction response.

The 10th Civil Support team, a 22-person National Guard team out of Camp Murray composed of active-duty Army and Air Force personnel, specializes in identifying agents used in suspected terrorism events, assessing current and projected consequences, advising the incident commander and assisting in additoinal requests for support.

“They have communications, hazardous materials, they deal with chemical analysis and weapons of mass destruction. Basically what they are is a resource for first responders and public safety, whether it’s police or fire or even EMS,” Aberdeen Fire Battalion Chief Damon Lillybridge said.”If we had a large hazardous material incident, they could come and help us identify and set up for analysis and entry and all that kind of stuff.”

The team gave a presentation on services and equipment they provide, and gave emergency personnel a tour of some specialized equipment.