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FARGO, ND – Chief Master 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 March 7-9.

“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 in Minneapolis.

Temperature conditions in Fargo were ideal, hovering just above zero degrees Fahrenheit, with a layer of fresh snow from the previous night and snow banks piled along the roads and parking lots of the regional training site of the North Dakota Air National Guard.

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

Emergency managers wore 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.

The recent thaw and freeze created patches of thick ice under the snow, forcing participants to adapt to the slippery conditions as they could not drive stakes into the frozen ground to secure equipment.

“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 is to help update the tactics, techniques and procedures that will serve as the basis for CBRN operations in extreme cold environments.

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.

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