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October 24, 2006
Oregon Army National Guard 102nd Civil Support Team to hold demonstration in Brooks, Ore. on 10/27
 
The Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team will hold a demonstration on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the Marion County Regional Fire Training Facility in Brooks, Ore. The facility is located at 4910 Brooklake Road NE in Brooks, Ore.
 
The demonstration will showcase their capabilities as first responders to Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents, and mass-casualty and emergency situations. The team can be deployed anywhere throughout the state to provide technical analysis and early-detection assistance to civil and federal agencies following an accidental or intentional chemical, biological or nuclear incident.
 
The unit will have static displays of their state-of-the-art equipment, and there will be an opportunity for interviews with key members of the 102nd Civil Support Team who will be on hand throughout the demonstration to answer any questions you may have.
 
The 102nd CST took part in a similar exercise in February 2006, working with the Oregon State Police, Portland Police, the FBI, and area Fire Departments and HAZMAT teams. See enclosed pictures from the February 15, 2006 event.
 
The 102nd is one of 55 full-time teams throughout the country authorized by Congress to assist first responders at a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident. The unit was federally certified on July 24, 2006, and can now be called upon to respond to incidents throughout the state of Oregon. They are also a part of the National Response Plan.
 
Though the team is headquartered in Salem, they can quickly be mobilized to any area throughout Oregon, providing valuable early-detection and analysis capability in even the most remote areas of the state.
 
 
Photos:
 
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A member of the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team takes readings on a simulated body, with the help of the Oregon State Police bomb squad robot at a joint-agency exercise held Feb 15, 2006 at the Portland Fire Department's training facility in north Portland.
 
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Lt. Col. Steve Ferrell, commander of the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team, coordinates with on-scene commanders from the Oregon State Police, Portland Fire, and Portland Police at a joint-agency exercise held Feb 15, 2006 at the Portland Fire Department's training facility in north Portland.
 
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Members from the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team approach a mock crash scene, ready to take readings and assess levels of contamination by a "dirty bomb" at a joint-agency exercise held Feb 15, 2006 at the Portland Fire Department's training facility in north Portland.
 
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
503-584-3917
 
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179
 
Capt. Michael Braibish
503-584-3886