Maine hosts regional National Guard disaster response training

Approximately 160 Soldiers and Airmen from Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island took part in a semi-annual exercise at the former naval air station Nov. 5-7.

The participants were all members of the New England CERFP, a regional team that can be called upon to assist first responders by providing additional support and assets in the case of a large-scale emergency. CERFP stands for CBRN enhanced response force package and CBRN stands for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear.

“The scenario here is a simulated response to an explosion,” said Maj. Michael Gary, executive officer for Maine’s 521st Troop Command, which oversees the regional unit. “The search and extraction teams have been evacuating simulated casualties from collapsed structures and working around some asbestos issues.”

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Source:  U.S. Army