DVIDS – News – North Dakota Air National Guard Regional Training Site Hosts Cold Weather CBRN Training

Chief Staff Sgt. Kristi Erickson, the superintendent of emergency management for the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, hosted 10 emergency management personnel from units across the country to test out their chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) equipment and tactics by cold weather at the North Dakota Air National Guard Regional Training Site, Fargo, ND, March 7-9, 2022.

“Our goals were to train in cold weather to decide if we had the right equipment, how operations differed from normal CBRN operations, and to see if any additional tactics, techniques and procedures would be developed from this training,” said Chief Staff Sergeant. . Jon Pieters, the chief of Air National Guard Emergency Management Area Three, from the 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Minneapolis, Minn.

Fargo’s temperature conditions were ideal, hovering just above zero degrees Fahrenheit during practice, with a layer of fresh snow from the previous night and snow banks piled up along base roads and parking lots.

Cold weather training can present unique challenges with sensing equipment that uses electricity, as the batteries last less.

Emergency managers wore different amounts and layers of clothing under and over their chemical sets to capture data on the effectiveness of staying warm while performing their tasks, which also presented challenges.

“Things are a little different in the cold because of all the layers, you lose a bit of dexterity,” Tech said. sergeant. Amanda Ptacek, of the 179th Civil Engineer Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio.

Recent snow thawing and freezing has created patches of thick ice under the snow, creating extremely slippery conditions for driving, walking and working.

Adaptations to place the equipment had to be made due to the frozen ground, where the stakes could not be driven through the layers of ice and hardened earth.

“A lot of our CBRN training is more commonly conducted in hot weather, and our military forces need to be ready to operate in all weathers, so this cold weather training really gives us the experience we need to be better prepared. “Erickson said. .

One of the goals at the end of this event and future training and exercise events is to assist in the formulation of new and updated tactics, techniques and procedures that will set the benchmark for CBRN operations in extremely cold weather environments.

“The purpose here was for us to contact other units, collect data from them and US Army references so that we could compile this data to improve the CBRN operations action plan,” said Peters said.

Participants hope to hold another cold weather training event next winter.

“We all learned something new about the factors limiting our equipment for our standard cold weather operating procedures. It was a very successful training event and we want to expand it in the future,” said Erickson.

Date taken: 03.09.2022
Date posted: 17.03.2022 10:50
Story ID: 416642
Location: FARGO, North Dakota, USA

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