8th WMD Civil Support Team
The 8th WMD-CST's responds to incidents involving NBCR (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, or Radiological) release. When called, the team assembles at its location on Buckley Air Force Base within two hours, ready to deploy anywhere within a six-state region.
As of early 2001, the team covers an area known as FEMA Region 8, which encompasses Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. Depending on what area of Region 8 an incident occurs, the team would be able to be on scene within 24 hours after being alerted.
Once the team arrives on scene and has reported to the local Incident Commander, it is to use its' expertise to a) detect the unknown NBCR agent(s), b) survey and model the hazard, c) advise the IC, d) contact other DOD units as needed, and e) accomplish any other measures that are required to mitigate the situation.
The team is made up of AGR Army and Air National Guard members who come from various military and civilian backgrounds.
The team trains to Army and Emergency First Responder standards and work within the Incident Command System (ICS). The overall capabilities of the 8th WMD-CST have been greatly enhanced because of its training with such organizations as Aurora and Denver Fire Departments, Colorado State Patrol, local Police Departments, Sheriff Departments, local hospitals, First Responder organizations, National Fire Academy (NFA), EPA, FEMA, FBI, the Fire Department and Security Forces at Buckley, and other organizations military and civilian.
The 8th WMD-CST (Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team) deploys within FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region VIII to:
- Assess a suspected nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological event in support of the local Incident Commander;
- Advise the Incident Commander regarding appropriate actions; and
- Facilitate requests for assistance to expedite arrival of additional state and federal military assets to help save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate greater property damage.
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