9th CST, on order, deploys to a suspected or known WMD incident to support civil authorities at a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNE) incident. Identify CBRNE agents and substances, assess current and projected consequences, advise on response measures and assist with appropriate requests for federal and state support, in order to help save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate property damage.
The Civil Support Team supports local Incident Commanders and local emergency responders.
It does not replace functions carried out under the Incident Command System or the emergency first responder community.
Typically, a local Incident Commander will respond to an event using available resources. Should a shortfall in response capability be identified, the Incident Commander will request CST support from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The CST coordinates with emergency first responders as part of its regular training to ensure that, when called upon, the team is fully integrated into the National Incident Management System
(NIMS). Members of the CST are also available to consult with communities and businesses regarding their emergency preparedness planning.
The CST is staffed with 22 full-time service members from both the Air and Army National Guards. Members are assigned according to specialty to one of six primary functional areas: command, operations, communications, administration/logistics, medical and survey/entry.
The CST arrives on scene prepared to provide the Incident Commander with comprehensive expertise and capability in WMD response.
Personnel are highly trained by the Department of Defense in weapons of mass destruction. All personnel are also certified as hazardous materials technicians through the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
Hazard Prediction Assessment calculates the dispersion of
hazardous chemical, biological and radioactive materials. Hazard models and analysis that take into account terrain and weather are created to illustrate hazard prediction, lethal effects based on dosage, and to make recommendations for exclusion zone refinement.
Medical personnel are well-versed in the effects of chemical, biological and radioactive agents to provide timely treatment information. A mobile Analytical Laboratory System and the team’s Medical Science Officer provide on-scene ability to process and analyze samples for rapid identification of chemical and biological agents.
The Unified Command Suite, a state-of-the-art communications system, provides secure and non-secure communications. The system uses Internet, e-mail, voice and fax in all terrain and weather to allow instantaneous access to technical resources, organizations and personnel. The newly integrated ACU 1000 provides interoperability to allow emergency first responders to communicate regardless of frequency or radio type.
Self-sustained technical decontamination can be established in less than 30 minutes to effectively decontaminate entry team members and samples.