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Press Release
February 07, 2011
Oregon National Guard's 102 Civil Support Team scheduled to participate in multi-agency exercise at Camp Rilea
SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon National Guard's 102 Civil Support Team is scheduled to participate in a multi-agency first-responders' exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., the week of Feb. 7-11.

A media day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., during which members of the press will be allowed to interview exercise participants.

Representatives from local SWAT, HAZMAT, fire and police departments, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies are scheduled to participate.

The exercise includes several training scenarios ranging from the detection of a "suspicious white powder" to responding to a report of a homemade bomb. The participants will also train for response to chemical, biological, or nuclear (CBRNE) scenarios.

The mission of the Oregon National Guard's 102 Civil Support Team is to train for, and respond to a natural or manmade chemical, biological, radiological, or weapons of mass-destruction incident, when assistance is requested by local and state first responders.

Civil Support Teams are federally funded, but fall under the command and control of the states' governors. Oregon's unit is headquartered in Salem, Ore., with a 72-hour state-wide response timeline.