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Press Release
April 25, 2007
Oregon National Guard trains to handle weapons of mass destruction
The Oregon National Guard will partner with first responders and federal agencies in an exercise to test their collective ability to respond to a weapon of mass destruction incident.

Training such as this exercise allows the 102nd CST and participating agencies to evaluate their current readiness and identify any additional training or resources needed for a more effective response.

Other agencies in the exercise are Portland Bureau of Police Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit, the FBI, the Department of Energy Radiological Assistance Program, and Oregon Radiological Protection Services.

The exercise takes place at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, and the scenario involves a WMD threat to the Portland area. It begins at 7:30 a.m. on Apr. 26. Media are invited to cover the exercise between 7:30 a.m and 10 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 102nd CST conducts exercises throughout the state in partnership with first responders and federal agencies. The 102nd CST offers medical experts, laboratory analysis, communications, and support to communities so they are better able to assess a crisis and respond approriately.

For additional information on Civil Support Teams see the attached fact sheet.
Fact Sheet:
Contact Info:   Media interested in covering the exercise should call Capt. Mike Braibish at (503) 584-3886 or cell (503) 932-5805