The WMD-CST arrives on scene prepared to provide the Incident Commander with comprehensive expertise and capability in WMD response. The CST works extensively with Nevada’s first responders, State and Federal Agencies to ensure a seamless integration during exercises and real world events.
Personnel are highly trained by the Department of Defense in weapons of mass destruction and several all hazard skill sets. All personnel are also certified as hazardous materials technicians (HAZMAT TECHs) in accordance with International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) requirements. Team members receive more than 600-1800 hours of high-tech training by FEMA, DHS, EPA, DOE
Hazard Prediction Assessment calculates the dispersion of hazardous chemical, biological and radioactive materials. Hazard models and analysis that take into account terrain and weather are created to illustrate hazard prediction, lethal effects based on dosage, and to make recommendations for exclusion zone refinement, sheltering, and/or evacuation procedures.
Medical personnel are well-versed in the effects of chemical, biological and radioactive agents to provide timely treatment information. A mobile Analytical Laboratory System and the team’s Medical Science Officer provide on-scene ability to process and analyze samples for rapid identification of chemical and biological agents.
The Unified Command Suite, a state-of-the-art communications system, provides secure and non-secure communications. The system uses Internet, e-mail, voice and fax in all terrain and weather to allow instantaneous access to technical resources, organizations and personnel. The ACU 1000 provides interoperability to allow emergency first responders to communicate regardless of frequency or radio type. The CST can provide expert advice to the on-scene commander via its electronic reach back capabilities. Reach back allows the CST and the Incident Commander to consult with civilian experts in science and medicine at the national level.
Self-sustained technical decontamination can be established in less than 30 minutes to effectively decontaminate entry team members and samples.
How is the CST called to action?
The Adjutant General employs the CST to support the state response either under the direction of Governor of Nevada or to support another state’s response under its supported Governor. CST assistance should be requested through the Nevada Department of Emergency Management Duty Officer.