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Coast guard team tested by mass destruction exercise
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Coast guard team tested by mass destruction exercise

Brooksville, FL - The Florida National Guard's newly formed 48th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) were assessed by U.S. Northern Command evaluators during a live domestic security exercise in Brooksville today, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Members of the 48th CST, which was formed in 2009, were at the  Army Aviation Support Facility, simulating a real-world weapons-of-mass destruction or chemical attack. The evaluation involved chemical suits and hazardous material testing equipment.

To earn a deployable certification within the first responder community, the team must pass an exercise-based evaluation every 18 months.  These evaluations rate the CSTs capabilities in their entire mission function from alert through redeployment phases in a scenario based live training event.

The Coast Guard's WMD-CMT's were established to rapidly deploy to assist a local incident commander in determining the nature and extent of an attack or incident, provide expert technical advice on WMD response operations, and help identify and support the arrival of follow-on state and federal military response assets.

They provide initial advice on what specific agent may be involved and assist first responders in the detection assessment process.

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