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February 14, 2006
Oregon National Guard teams with first responders in Portland exercise
 
The Oregon National Guard will participate in a weapon of mass destruction exercise at the Portland Fire and Rescue fire training facility located at 4800 NE 122nd on Feb. 15. The exercise starts at approximately 9 a.m. and will last several hours.
 
The 102nd Civil Support Team, based out of Salem, will work with first responders from Portland Fire and Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau, as well as with the FBI and other agencies, in a scenario testing how well they respond to a crisis situation.
 
This team comprises members of both the Oregon Army and Air National Guard.
 
The mission of 102nd CST is to support local and state authorities at domestic WMD incident sites by identifying agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with requests for additional military support.
 
The CST is able to deploy rapidly, assist local first-responders in determining the nature of an attack, provide medical and technical advice, and pave the way for the identification and arrival of follow-on state and federal military response assets. They provide initial advice on what the agent may be, assist first responders in that detection assessment process, and are the first military responders on the ground, so that if additional federal resources are called into the situation, they can serve as an advance party that can liaise with federal military resources.
 
Media are welcome to observe the exercise, however, parking is only available at 12350 NE Sandy Blvd. In addition, there will be a shuttle providing access to the exercise area.
 
Contact Info: For more information on the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team call Capt Mike Braibish at 503.584.3886 or cell 503.932.5805.
 
For information on the Portland Fire and Rescue participation call Grant Coffey at 5033.793.1606.
 
 
Contact:

 
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179
 
Capt Mike Braibish
503-584-3886,
cell 503-932-5805